I feel a little like a contestant on “Beat the Clock.” For those of you who are far younger than I, it was a game show in which couples tried to complete a stunt in less than 60 seconds. Today, I have not completed any stunts – at least none that were memorable! Instead, I have been up against a deadline all day long. Even now as I write, the 8:00 PM deadline I determined for this post fast approaches. Knowing that no one had signed up for this day, I was fully prepared to write and even imagined the story I might share, but when the time came to write, I was left to race against the clock. Moving from meeting to meeting, finishing recommendations, writing up observations, and completing a host of other tasks with a shared deadline of tonight, I hurried home much later than I wanted, necessitating a change of plans for dinner. Leftovers would have to suffice. Would I have time to monitor reading and math homework after Sarah’s quick shower? Would I have time to complete this post before 8:00 – and would it be worth the virtual ink on the page? These thoughts swirled in my head as I stirred the chili.
Today, amid the chaos of deadlines and freneticism, I gained more than just winning at “Beat the Clock.” I listened to a worried parent and was able to provide some hope along with two other teachers. I helped a student understand a bit about grace and its power even when one has done something wrong. I observed two wonderful lessons with different teaching styles. I heard the powerful words captured in several students’ writing. I checked on a child who was hurt. I ate delicious chocolate that was dropped on my desk as a wonderful gift at the end of a long day. I made one of our cleaning staff smile as I thanked him for his hard work on Friday night.
As I hit preview and then post, kiss my girl goodnight, and start proofreading progress reports, I am so happy that this post was my responsibility today. It has been a gift to see that so much good was hidden in the midst of what felt overwhelming. I needed that – and it is only 7:57!
Learner, Thinker, Writer: Maryellen Berry serves Trinity School as Upper Learning Department Coordinator. @fastwalker10