With the vaccine becoming increasingly available and we, hopefully, look to the end of the pandemic, what have we learned? Is there a silver lining?
I’ve learned that the human spirit is resilient, and we have a visceral need for community. Among all the tragedy, people hope and care for each other. I’ve learned that small things matter, a smile or a kind word, bringing a loaf of bread to your neighbor, or calling that friend you haven’t spoken to in several years just to say you are thinking of them.
I’ve learned the beauty of gratitude. I’m grateful for the simple things, my family, our health, a nice day, or a walk in the park. Or the not so simple things, our democracy.
I am grateful for The Blue Rose Foundation’s work and those educators who support and serve our most vulnerable students. Like the Blue Rose Foundation, during these isolating and trying times, I’ve seen the impact of an investment in education. My daughter-in-law teaches in an underserved community, and now, many times, she is the only person, outside the family, her kids see. She is their lifeline. As she has said many times, when education starts young and you can foster it, not only do you educate, you build self esteem. You only need one teacher to believe in a child. During this pandemic, she has had more students come to her during office hours for help, not only with class work, but for life guidance. If there is anytime to invest in education, it is now!
As for the future, once COVID subsides…..I’m looking forward to gathering in person, and rather a smile or kind word, a hug!
Thank you Blue Rose for your commitment to our most vulnerable children!