I know, I know: I disappeared. Because reasons. One reason, one I’m still struggling with, is that there was a lot of death in my professional circles this year – and when you have to go in every day, not allowing the outside to influence how you are interacting with students and your colleagues…
Last year I mentioned a former colleague who had passed. His memorial was the second or third weekend of school. A couple of weeks later, there was a memorial for a woman I’d worked with at PCS. Then I heard about the very unexpected death of a tech guy whom I’d never worked with but who was an integral part of the NYCIST group and a man I greatly admired for his sense of humor, sense of decency and his approach to technology. This gentle man had just retired, was on vacation with is family (including young children).
A few months later, another tech guy died. Here was someone whose ideas were not mine, but whose passion and commitment I admired greatly (and he was a serious Red Sox/Celtics fan – always a plus for this Boston-born gal!). Mother’s Day Weekend I read (on Facebook, of course) about the death of a beloved teacher of mine, one who helped make me who I am. And then, last week, came news of the death of the Head of Hackley School.
As you can imagine, my heart has been very heavy this year. There’s a lot of good to share, and starting today I’ll be with friends and mentors at the AISL Summer Institute and ALA Annual. So stay tuned. But while you’re waiting, tell the people in your life that you admire, that you love, who have changed you in some way how much they mean to you. Before you can’t.