Guessing what it would be like to be you, and wishing you the best

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.


6 thoughts on “Guessing what it would be like to be you, and wishing you the best

  1. Incredibly empathetic, emotional, and encouraging. You have so many lovely phrases here – these struck me deeply:

    “Float across the thin veil separating laughter and tears.”

    “Come here, with your world getting bigger, and mine as well.”

    So poetic, through and through – what a welcoming embrace you offer your Latino families!

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    1. Thanks for your encouragement. This is my first time writing every day, and I am letting myself feel and replay the every day events in life more fully as a result.
      From reading your blogs, I can tell how much you love your students, and teaching as well. We are so fortunate to spend our lives in careers that are so enriching. My families are such stellar models of resilience They have certainly enlarged my world.

      I am glad I was able to convey all the wonder inside of me and admiration that I have for my families. When I came home today, the words just poured out.

      I have not yet commented on your piece about writing historical fiction, but I loved that. What a gift you are giving them as writers with your probing ideas, and building a sense of adventure and passion into their writing.

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      1. The words just poured out — that is almost always a good sign that something important is flowing. It’s a pleasure and joy to read your posts, and to know you, and to be continually amazed by your generous and gracious (and Irish!) heart. Deeply thankful for your thoughtful words. 🙂

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      2. Getting to know you Fran has been the most rewarding part of this blogging experience. You inspire me with your writing and I feel your connectedness to your students and the world around you and it warms my heart and makes me smile- another example of Irish luck that I found you.

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      3. (Tears -!) This is my third year slicing, and I almost didn’t sign up, knowing how much it takes … BUT … I am deeply thankful I did. It’s good for me, good for my writing, good for my soul – mostly in encountering other kindred spirits like you. What a joy you are! An Irish blessing. 🙂 Thank you so much for these words.


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