On Monday one of my munchkins was having a rough day. It was just one of those days when things keep going wrong. She arrived at school with a headache and a friend had been bugging her on the bus. At lunchtime her lunchbox was dripping. Something in it had leaked and her whole lunch was soaked. It was just that kind of day.
At recess I brought out Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst for her to read. She was unfamiliar with it. Sitting beside her on the bench at the playground I felt great. Her day was far from perfect, but connecting her to that book in that moment was wonderful as it definitely lifted her spirits, at least temporarily.
This job feels really hard this year. I feel as though my students need more than I am able to give them. But then there are those moments. Moments when I connect with one of these fabulous kids. In those moments I think we’ll be just fine.