I was just sitting here thinking about how this Covid-19 has affected us all in such a short amount of time. It came in like a rushing mighty wind that none of us could properly prepare for. I compare it to the Mad Cow disease.
I experienced that when I was still in the military and stationed in Germany. We got quarantined to our base for a period of time. But as soldiers, we just follow orders and do what we are instructed to do. Of course we got over it. I was a young Sergeant then and I was learning the importance of good leadership and effective communication with the people who I was responsible for.
I remember how during that time, parents back in the states were worried and we got a lot of phone calls about their loved ones while trying to figure out if they would be safe and what were we doing to ensure their safety. That was an experience that I surely will never forget, but I had no idea that I would again, one day be facing something more serious this time around. That was in 1985-1986, seems so long, but in my mind, it was like yesterday.
I think about this a lot as I have time now to sit in the house. I think about all the danger that surrounds us and the implications as we navigate and address this virus that consumes so many people. There is so much to think about. How can a society as rich as ours get caught by something like this? How can we adjust our lives to help those more in need at this terrible time. There are so many unanswered questions that we address in order to get our society back on track.
My main thought though for this writing is to talk about the kids, the students, the little adults, whatever you want to call them, and the struggles they are having to face. I’ve taken online classes before and so has many of my friends. I have found that if you are not familiar with it or have the maturity and stamina for this type learning, you will struggle for sure.
Students are doing the best they can at this, along with getting use to the norm of being forced to stay in the house 24/7 and all the other variables they are facing in their every day lives. Yea, it is tough. I just want them to hold on, better days are coming.
I’ve been reading over and over again how this has affected teachers from my school and other teachers from all over the country. It amazes me how much of an outpouring of love and gratitude there is from teachers to their students. It feels like family at every corner. Teachers do miss their students and I am sure that students, overall, miss their schools and their teachers.
I find that no matter how the day goes at school for a student, the relationships that are built, are ones that are nurtured. Many times it is not noticed because of the every day grind by both people. Much like a parent for their children. Teachers are the next level of parenting, they are the village that I frequently speak of.
On the other hand, we as administrators, miss our students as well. Seeing them in the hallway every day and looking into their eyes, tell me how their morning has started and many times tells us if we’ll will see them in our offices at some point in the day.
Yes, it is tough going through this challenge we have been handed, but it gives us a chance to reflect, to appreciate, and to remember those we miss in our everydayness called life. Our norms have been affected for sure, and our hopes of getting them back, drives us to hang in there because just as sure as the dark clouds have come our way, soon the clouds will blow over and the sun will start shining again.
Be Smart and Be Safe