The card lay among the mess of what had become my desk. A packet with spreadsheets of books that need to be ordered, stacks of assessments that need to be given, a few random rocket rewards, completed reading challenge fliers. But within the disarray sat a natural colored envelope with “🤎 Jill” written on the front. Warmth permeated from the small package. I knew whatever was inside would comfort and uplift me.
I walked by several times without acknowledging it. All business at the moment, I had things to get done and needed to stay focused, remain strong. It has been a rough week. A friend’s life turned upside down in a split second. My role at school changing to support her students. Managing my emotions of sorrow for her and trying to remain strong with her students has been a balancing act of feelings.
I tucked the envelope carefully in my bag as I left for the day. I wanted to savor these words in the safety of my home where I could fully take in the message without distraction.
Arriving home, the house so quiet, the dog doesn’t even stir, I place my bag at the bar. I pull out the thick envelope. Remove the decorative washi tape seal. Slide out the crisp pages. The sheets are full of verses chosen by friends to strengthen and comfort me. An act of compassion and care. Yet another example of the amazing group of people I work with. When you work at a school, you are surrounded by an instant community. Any my school community is like family.
As I linger over these pages, I am reminded again that words matter.