I’ll Drink to That

It was a day that packed a lot of living into it – a runaway train of urgent circumstance and no time. Yesterday we tore through reams of copy paper spouting from nearly over-heating copiers, preparing for a month of no school. We swirled through too few hours, some with bated breath, others near hyperventilation. In the end, we handed over our charges to dubious – somewhat tentative families, bolstering both with confidence about the unfamiliar partnership that lie ahead. It is likely that we all breathed a collective exhale when the last child waved good-bye for a month.

Having each been in buildings teeming with life all day, my husband and I willingly risked dinner at the local pub – the threat there minimal compared to the daily dousing of germs in our classrooms. We descended underground on deeply worn slate steps to the local rathskeller, centuries old – a warm, cozy cave. Coolness gave way to warm-subterranean lighting, a heavy low-beamed ceiling, and crusty stone walls corralling chattering families around tables, sharing meals. Neighborhood characters at the bar dotted the foreground, enjoying hot meals in a place where you can know everyone or no one, and still be a part of it.

The pace and urgency of the day slid off my shoulders and dropped to the floor as we set at a side table near the wine cages and ordered meal and drinks. I am always proud to be a teacher, but today particularly so. We were handed a tall order, and we did what we needed to do. Faculty, staff, and administration prepared and outfitted over 300 primary grade students for a month of distance learning in 24 hours, and we did it well. Our community looked to us to take charge and make them feel okay about what was about to happen, and we did just that. I am privileged to be a part of what happened yesterday in my school and in my profession. We made a stressful circumstance possible, manageable, and positive.

Teaching is so many things. Yesterday, teaching was ministry.

I’ll drink to that.

6 thoughts on “I’ll Drink to That

  1. The energy of your day was captured in every line. I am jealous of the focus (and leadership) that defined your time at school…it is a sharp contrast to the head-in-the-sand professional development day that I experienced. I’m glad you were able to allow the stress and urgency to fall away, even if just for a bit. Cheers.

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    1. Thank you! As is true anywhere, our district has not always been so fortunate, but we are fortunate to have top-notch leadership and dedicated professionals across the board.


  2. You captured the preparations by your school in beautiful detail…I could feel a sense of increasing urgency as I read. This is fabulous: “We were handed a tall order, and we did what we needed to do. ” Yes, drink to that!

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  3. Wowzers! I’m feeling we might be in the same boat sooner than later. Our governor has not shut anything, said it was not his call. I was very disappointed in that. I felt like he didn’t want to make a hard decision which I believe he is just side-stepping his responsibilities.

    The copy machine, would ours be able to handle that load?

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    1. Our county declared distance learning for a month beginning March 16, but to my knowledge (although with no TV and purposeful avoidance of news in general, I tend to be out of the loop)our governor has yet to make a statement about all schools in the state, but I hear it’s coming soon. Best of luck for an easy transition for all of you. At least we’ll have more time to read and write blogs, which is – in my humble estimation – fine and privileged way to stay connected, no doubt.


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