We Still Care

I won’t lie. These are tough times. Over the last few weeks, we’ve experienced more change than in any time I can recall. Changes that are necessary for the good of all, but ones we haven’t had a whole lot of control over. We know change is challenging. And there are a lot of unanswered questions, and social isolation is contrary to human nature.

I am not a fan of photos of myself, much less video conferencing where my head hovers in some virtual world for everyone to see. In the last three weeks, I’ve watched myself on screen, in meetings, more than any mirror time over the course of my entire life. I have also used FaceTime, something I hadn’t ever done. But staying connected to those we love and care about, no matter where they are, and through whatever means we have access to, is critical in times like these. We need other perspectives, we need to laugh, and to go for walks with our friends, even if it’s through FaceTime or on the phone with another, in another city/province/country/continent. We need to be there for each other and to connect.

We must stay positive and that is not easy. People are in uneasy spaces, feeling discomfort and perhaps not being their best selves. Give them the benefit of the doubt. We don’t know what their worlds look like right now, nor do we know their realities. Find a routine that works for you. I have more intentionally meditated first thing in the morning, using meditations crafted by others about reducing anxiety, having hope, taking a breath, being present, etc., on the Insight Timer app. I make sure I go for longer daily walks to get fresh air – all the while adhering to social distancing norms. I also try to work out or do something physical (rake, paint, clean, etc.) a minimum of 20 minutes a day. I read. I take the time to get away from my screen. Mr. Gordon reminded us this week, as we have been planning and learning together as a faculty, that “…only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” (Martin Luther King, Jr.) Take the time to see the beauty around you. I know I say that a lot, but it’s important to be present. We cannot control what happens around us but we can control our actions and we can appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

Time and again, we have discussed what makes TCS different, and it usually boils down to caring. We care more. And we still do. Only the platform has changed. We will be here for you and your children; we will listen and we will be here. Children need reassurance and that can come in the form of predictability, routines, open dialogue and consistency. We still care and will continue doing so. Because that is why we are educators.

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