Saturday Morning at School
I went to school this morning for our parent meeting. A counselor is working with our Latino parents to help them understand better how our system works, and to talk about being a family, and how best to support our children.
As I look at the parents, I think what it must be like to….
Be playing catch up in another language to penetrate your child’s world
Experience adolescence with your child when the rug of cultural norms has been pulled out from under you
Sit in a library filled with books in a language you do not understand, but at the same time radiating possibilities and bridges to a brighter future
Carry the worry and the wear as well as the hope and the faith, all in one package
Float across the thin veil separating laughter and tears.
To overcome difficulty……..You are not alone. If life here were a tightrope act, you would find that you are walking with a very large safety net beneath you..
Take the first step. You are here. You are putting yourself out there, embracing what is, and working towards what could be
Look inside and outside every day…To look at life as mirrors and doors, an opportunity to reflect on life, past and present, and a bridge to the opportunities that the future dangles before you
Come here, with your world getting bigger, and mine as well.
Know that your child will always be part of at least two cultures. Be sure they get and keep the best of both
Say yes to the universe, and the universe will unfold for you
Climb a mountain and turn around You have already seen your reflection in my snow covered hills. The landslide will not bring you down. You have already made your peace with it and staked out a new home.