I am sitting here in front of a blank computer screen attempting to write curriculum, to focus on the Common Core, to be mindful of my looooooming deadlines. But then…
My mind drifts back to the recent tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT. As a mommy, a teacher and a CT-girl, I just cannot wrap my head around what took place on Friday. And yet, I can’t think about anything else.
Although I am horrified and write this with tears streaming down my face, I have never been more convinced than I am right now that teachers are heroes. We are heroes. Those men and women working at Sandy Hook Elementary were and are heroes. I joke about Super Colleagues zipping through the hallways with capes on their backs as they go about changing the lives of the children they touch each and every day, but these people, Vicky Soto, they are truly heroes. With or without the cape.
If I struggle to process what has happened, I am not sure how those most closely involved can even begin. I have read that when Fred Rogers was a boy and would see scary things on the news, his mother would say to him, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
So for today, I am going to focus on the helpers and the heroes.