So just last week as I was greeting the kids off of the buses, a student who was new to the school at the beginning of this year said to me, “Mr. Kerr, it always looks like you are smiling under your mask but I’ve never actually seen your face”. So I stepped back several feet, far away from anyone around me, and pulled my mask off to the side for a quick second to give him a huge smile that stretched from ear to ear. He said, “yup, just like I imagined”, and then off he went with his friends to the playground. You would think that a moment like that would bring me loads of joy, and it did make me smile inside a little bit but honestly, as I was walking into the school after the final bus had arrived I was hit with a pretty deep sense of sadness, and then it really hit me…I am so done with this pandemic.
It’s been over a year now since the world first locked down and it’s getting old and tiring. I know that everyone is feeling it too, and even though the vaccines are starting to roll out at a greater rate, and we have our sights set on possible summer travel, the next stretch coming up is going to require us to dig a little deeper, and to rely on each other even more as we struggle through the third wave.
We have done so incredibly well as a school to keep our students on campus for the majority of the year, and we are all very good now at staying vigilant with our protocols and restrictions. We have all learned some valuable lessons about resiliency in the face of adversity over the past 15 months, and we have managed to find ways to stay upbeat, energetic and hopeful as the virus hangs on by it’s fangs. The saving grace, for me anyway, is the fact that spring has sprung and the sunny, warmer weather and the gift of these longer, lighter days have given me the boost that I needed to take on this next stretch.
Over the next few weeks, as we speed toward the upcoming holiday, use the warmth of the sun, and the warmth of each other to find that extra gear, and dig deep for our kids and community. Here is a beautiful poem that celebrates the gift of spring, and over the next three weeks find joy and energy and love in the natural world around us. Have a wonderful week in the sun everyone, and remember to be great for our kids and good to each other…we got this!
“Flower God, God of the Spring…”
Flower god, god of the spring, beautiful, bountiful,
Cold-dyed shield in the sky, lover of versicles,
Here I wander in April
Cold, grey-headed; and still to my
Heart, Spring comes with a bound, Spring the deliverer,
Spring, song-leader in woods, chorally resonant;
Spring, flower-planter in meadows,
Child-conductor in willowy
Fields deep dotted with bloom, daisies and crocuses:
Here that child from his heart drinks of eternity:
O child, happy are children!
She still smiles on their innocence,
She, dear mother in God, fostering violets,
Fills earth full of her scents, voices and violins:
Thus one cunning in music
Wakes old chords in the memory:
Thus fair earth in the Spring leads her performances.
One more touch of the bow, smell of the virginal
Green – one more, and my bosom
Feels new life with an ecstasy.
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