Something I want to hold from this crazy pandemic time will be the people. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, the bright spots are the people.
Just this week, during distance learning, one of my students, *Bluebird, shared that her family was fostering two puppies. “My mom will bring them up after the break…they’re napping.” This isn’t the first time this year that Bluebird’s family has fostered puppies. We love a good puppy break in first grade, another highlight of virtual learning.
Sure enough, after break, we got to meet Zoe and Jonie, rescued sisters. Part lab…part chihuahua… Bluebird and her mom shared. “They’re all yours!” mom joked with me.
“I already have two dogs,” I laughed. “But when our family is ready for a new pup someday, I know who to come to. So, Bluebird, when I call you in a few years, you’ll know I’m ready for a puppy.”
“Oh, Ms. Carey,” Bluebird giggled, “we’ll always be friends.”
I sure hope so. This family has been a bright spot for sure. Little do they know that their kindness was one of the major factors that kept me from quitting, when it all felt too hard. Mom’s emails seemed to come at just the right moments, expressing gratitude and kindness. Bluebird’s joy on screen filled me with happiness, even on the roughest day. When it all felt too heavy, I thought of Bluebird and her family. I could do it for people like them.
*I borrowed this alternate name from this student’s realistic fiction writing this week. Her main character was Bluebird and her best friend was Cardinal.