As I grow older, I continue to wonder why some changes do
not affect me at all and some become a hovering storm which does not move
through quickly.   Many of you grieved
with me last year as I said goodbye to my dear friend, Gigi, who moved to
another city.  Gigi and I had worked
together and raised children together for years. 
Little did I know at that time, one year later, I would say
goodbye to twenty more of my colleagues (a few not pictured here). These are people who I deeply love and
respect.  One in this picture, I have
known for 28 years.  One is an
administrator who turned our high school around and who taught me so much about
education.  One has been teaching all of
us how to rejoice through cancer, and tell us each day how blessed he is.  All are amazing teachers, leaders, and people.
 Different ones….
Coached my sons in
football
Coached my daughter in
basketball
Loved my youngest
through academic challenges
Assisted all of my
children in attending top colleges
Inspired them
Cried and loved on
them
Held them accountable
for their actions

Yes, it has been a tough school year ….and, as you might
guess, our school is facing some bumps. 
I believe this has created such a deep sadness inside of me because I
have known these individuals for many years…worked with them…faced trials with
them…celebrated victories with them…and raised children together.  We are family.
I will grieve this weekend…and move forward next week.

This weekend…no platitudes.  Don’t tell me to look for the rainbow…that change is a good thing…that all good things must come to an end.  I just want to grieve.

 My smiles and my joy will return.  But, I will cherish these loved ones in my heart
always and rejoice when I think of the good times.

As you face changes, we must give ourselves permission to
grieve…but not allow them to shut us down and stop living.

Have a wonderful Saturday, everyone.


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