Pandemic Parade

cars, trucks, jeeps, convertibles
balloons, streamers, posters, inflatable whales
honking, waving, smiling, crying

teachers in vehicles
students on corners with signs
families on balconies of their apartments
siblings in the back of cars, feet dangling 
parents holding children in their arms

we are so proud of you
we miss you
#rocket strong
stay safe
rockets always find a way

we love our teachers
we miss you
can we come back yet?
future schmitt rocket
we miss school
go rockets

this is not how it is supposed to be
our hallways are silent
yet our streets are full of families
waiting to get a glimpse 
of their teachers driving by

we are full of hope
yet full of sorrow
my heart did not realize the longing
until i saw your faces, smiles
i miss you
when can we be together again?
august is too far away
and dare i say later?

Tomorrow #sol20

Dear Students,

Tomorrow you should be walking (though we know you rarely walk) through our doors. You should be sharing your spring break stories with us, or complaining about how you did nothing and missed us. You should be hugging friends you haven’t seen for over a week. You should be skipping down the hall, arm and arm with your bestie that you’ve missed so much.

Instead, you will be staying at home trying to navigate online learning while having a houseful of other learners and workers. Some of you will be heading to the waiting area at school at your scheduled time to pick up your device and other materials. Others will be at home with no resources to get the supplies you need. Many of you will wait in the car line to get your lunch from a brown sack.

No one wants this. We want you back at school. We want to see your smiling faces, and not just through a computer screen. We want to hear your grand ideas and attempt to answer your thoughtful questions. We want to be able to give hugs and high fives to welcome you back to your home away from home.

Tomorrow will be hard.

With Love,

Your Teachers