Every parent and teacher has to inspire their own kids or someone else's kids. Oftentimes- as teachers, we become "parents" before we are actual parents. At times, it is a very heart warming experience, and at other times, it is heart breaking.
One of my mentors has been a teacher for over twenty years now. He's one of the nicest people I know. He loves his job- stressful and nerve wracking as it is a lot of the time, he sticks around. Recently he's been brought to court by angry parents whose children died in school or near the school. Why? Because they were drunk and drove their motorcycles. Or because some of the older students took advantage of the innocent younger students and molested them or abused them in one way or another. In a school with well over 6,000 students, it's hard to control what goes on. I'm not blaming anyone in particular- but I think that parents should also look at themselves and see what they can do to help their kids get through school safely. (Of course the authorities have been notified and the students involved are getting the treatment they deserve now) But it is heart breaking to see how some kids come in already so hard- and their parents totally blind to the imperfections of their children. Sometimes it's necessary to keep our eyes wide open and see the problems our children have so we can actually help them. Facing a blind eye to their problems doesn't help at all.
We all have a lot to learn, no matter what part or status we are in, in life. The important thing is to never stop learning.
Two note so random notes: I just got back from a swim in the ocean. It's already 7 pm- my friends called me out for a quick swim. It was beautiful under the moon tonight! The lightning was just starting to come in close so we called it a night and ran in.
A note on the ill-fated bus I wrote about the other day- a couple people I know personally died in it. Condolences to their families. We remember you in our prayers and give our thanks to you. Wishing you well always, your friend.