Just last year I released my youngest little one into the kindergarten halls and would have never expected that the end of the year would result in supporting my tribe’s little hearts during a pandemic that is still carrying into the start of this upcoming school year as well.
Families stories have taken on a whole other level this year as the unexpected, the unknown, and the uncharted waters have boldly gone before us, and moms/dads/caretakers have shouldered burden after burden to protect the peace of children’s mental states, as well as their own.
Sitting in the decision-making process of an in-school environment, remote learning, or homeschooling, and the feeling of collective struggle on which way to enter is heard among those of us in this battle.
I felt the need to voice some encouragement your way as you tread through this space.
I see you, mom/dad/caretaker, wading through the endless scenarios of what-ifs as you use the resources that have been given to you and you decide on which course meets your family best with grace-filled strength for what’s to come.
Rest assured that the person left and right of you may just gather themselves up for a different direction of choice than you, yet do not fear that you chose wrong. You know your tribe and you know where you sit today and trust in the posture that you are choosing to rest in that peace.
We are in a time where it is NOT NORMAL and it is GOING TO LOOK DIFFERENT, yet that does not mean that you are not still an overcomer amidst all this struggle.
You set the tone of atmosphere for your children to enter either the school’s hallways or your home’s hallways, and I believe wholeheartedly that there is growth to be found in whichever hallway you choose. You are strong, intentional, and supportive, and I know that you will usher your child into a peace amidst this storm and raise them up in deeper character than you can even see in this season.
I see you, teachers/school employees/decision-makers, and I can only imagine the weight you feel upon your shoulders as you navigate this unexpected school year. Yet, I also know your resilience and your steadfastness and that regardless of whether or not the building opens or closes, that you are going to lead with heart because we have already stood witness to your leadership from the beginning of COVID, and you are heroes.
I see you, students, raising your banner of enough and desiring a normal space of learning, of togetherness, of forward movement. You are a place of strength for us all as we witness your grace rise to this challenge as you navigate through the changes with diligence to live this season out, still growing and learning.
As we all approach this school year, I know that we are going to have to stand together in support, no matter which hallway of learning someone may choose.
We are learning, growing, and fostering new levels of perspective as we journey forward and I trust that your bravery, your love, and your strength will cover over the challenges that we are facing with a readiness for the fight.
We are not defined by COVID-19, for through it all, we still have goodness and kindness to spread around in this world and that always trumps fear. We are overcomers and we will tread this with grace-filled stories that offer hope amidst this difficult chapter.