"The Gratitude Dance" recently popped up on a friend's Facebook page. I've watched it several times, and it always makes me grin.
At this time of year, it's worth remembering that every single school has things going on that ought to make us dance. If you've ever seen a student learn to read or suddenly realize that algebra makes sense, you might want to pump your arms and stomp your feet. If you know a teacher who stays up late trying to craft a lesson, a parent modeling hard work and respect, a volunteer giving up precious time to have lunch with a student or a principal going the extra mile to make the staff feel good, go ahead and do a jig. And yes, let's do a few steps for the public officials who give their best in an often-thankless job.
|Hope (left) and Holly waiting their turn|
Holly asked the superintendent about the best part of his job (meeting young people, he said), his inspiration for becoming a superintendent and how the Board of Education works.
"Do you ever feel nervous knowing that your decisions affect every school in CMS?" she concluded.
Not exactly nervous, Morrison said, but "I worry about it, absolutely. It's an incredible responsibility."
Hope handed him a copy of the Hawk Ridge News and they walked away beaming. Holly said afterward she was plenty nervous, but thrilled about getting the interview for their next edition.
A reporter in the making? "It seems like fun," Holly said, "and I like writing."
Yep. I'm doing the gratitude dance.