As a teacher, we often flee to summer break (a much deserved one, might I add) with a hands in the air, I'M FREEEE, attitude. Many of our students radiate this attitude, too. I admit, I was that way this year for sure.
Yesterday, however, I saw a student at the store. He said, "I miss school so much." It hit me like a rock. A reminder: summer break isn't happy for all.
As I saw the student hand over a handful of change without counting it to the dollar store clerk to buy a pack of cheap soda and some crackers, I gathered that this might be his lunch for the day. I knew a tiny bit of this student's history and home life. I asked the clerk if he'd given her enough as she counted it and offered to make up the difference...
Summer break isn't happy for all. School is a place many students receive more love and care than in their homes.
I don't really know where I'm going with this... and given I haven't blogged here in over a year, I'm not sure why I decided to return for this short of a post, but I just felt it needed to be said.