efforted imagined retrospect

It’s like a game of “would you rather”, isn’t it? Would you like an extra two weeks tacked on to spring break unexpectedly, while toilet paper is sold out everywhere and you need(?) to question every decision you make and all sports will go away including practices to coach, or, just, you know, work like usual?

Surreal. A kid cried when he heard the official news in my classroom. Not because he was afraid but because he loves school. He is not the easily calmed down type but I helped him land that shaky plane fairly quickly. 

And now I’m taking the advice I gave him. Because, to be totally honest? In that “would you rather” game, I would (quietly, discreetly) choose work. We were just about to end TWO units within the pacing guide. This year’s batch of overly squirrelly kids seemed to be finally coming around in some aspects. But I told my young emotional friend that we have no control over the decision so we can choose to be upset or we can choose to make the best of it.

So I’m wracking my brain to use this as a gift. For the loved ones, beyond the squirrelly little souls in my classroom, that I can now use this time for some much needed decompression, and safety, and just…time, together. The long bubbled blank canvas of free nothing has just begun but I’m going to try and use it as a random positive. 

We’ll look back on the blob of weird someday. Hopefully glad it wasn’t too bad and wondering if the mass shut down actually helped it not be doomsday or even doomsday lite. Hopefully because I am taking this tack early on in the bubble blob my people will be able to look back one day and remember the fear and weird less, and whatever the heck I’m going to come up with, more. 

 

4 thoughts on “efforted imagined retrospect

  1. It’s frustrating when you are just about to wrap up units to have the momentum axed. You did well setting your student. It is troubling times.

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  2. “The long bubbled blank canvas of free nothing has just begun but I’m going to try and use it as a random positive.” Solid advice…I will try to find my random positive.

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  3. I agree with Amy. That line is unique and well said. But I also like, “we have no control over the decision so we can choose to be upset or we can choose to make the best of it.” That’s the reality of it all. I’m with you I too need to find my ‘random positive.’

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  4. Thanks for finding the positives. I think it is somewhat of a blessing in disguise. I feel as though we all have been so “go, go, go” that we often forget the importance of decompressing and getting back to what truly matters the most. I believed that the right decision was made and I’m going to do my best at trying to find some more good in this situation too.

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