Monday, May 28, 2018

In Memory Of...

It is Memorial Day. 2018. 

And this date, every year, carries with it so many bridge moments. 

50 years ago, in 1968, our congress established Memorial Day as the last Monday in May and the day become an official national holiday in 1971. Memorial Day is about the celebration of those died serving in our armed forces. It is a day of decoration, celebration, and memory. For me it is a way we honor the bridge between my parents WWII generation and ours by honoring their service and time, and life. 

In memory of… 

Because of the timing of Memorial Day in late May, it also signals the end to another professional season. The hope of the 2017-2018 school year is almost over and the realization of that hope walks across many of our graduation stages (another one of those bridges) in the next few weeks, to enter into another era of life. And there comes a day when you reflect back on those many seasons that always end about this time, and you struggle to remember each of those classes and students. 

In memory of…

As educators, Memorial Day serves as a bridge we cross as we let go. Letting go of this class, these kiddos, those students, and all of the effort, time, sweat, urging, energy, joy and difficulty of our complex interactions with the community in which we teach. This school year for sure was packed with so many moments. So many challenges, so many victories too. 

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There is and should be no shame in the break of summer that is about to follow. Heroes need their rest too. And make no mistake about it; if you have chosen our profession, then you are a hero for sure. Your work, your passion, matters. And, if this is your final professional season, then this celebration is for you too. Your impact will fade, but your memory will last with those left to carry on the work. 

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For Memorial Day is also a bridge to a time for reflection and personal growth. In the summer months that follow, it will be a time, to ensure Memorial Day 2019 will also be a fertile memory of ebbs and flows with the next class of students sure to follow. You prepare now, for the future that follows, and then becomes part of the memories for the next cycle of your professional life. 

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