My dear, dear Otter Friends!
Well, here we are. This is our last few days of school, and the last few days as my tenure as your PTA co prez. I do not like going out this way. Those who know me know I’d like to go out with a bang, but instead, I’m going out with a slow fizzle. It’s disappointing, but, there are so many disappointments for those of us who live to see such times.
In these last months, and especially the last weeks, I have been meditating on what to do, what path to take. How do I show support for Black Lives Matter in an authentic way? What is my place in all of this? What *actual* action can I take? I feel that I am drowning in a sea of contradictory information, and that any choice I make is the wrong one. I’m sure many people feel the same way.
Also, we are also in the midst of a pandemic! A big first for all of us! So, how to take positive action? Simply reposting articles on social media does not seem helpful to me, in fact, it seems the opposite. So, what to do?
The only solution I have come up with thus far which seems to apply equally well in all situations, is to follow the excellent example set by our first grade team and our wonderful first grade students, and that is to make KINDNESS your touchstone, in everything that you do. Whether the person you are interacting with is mother, father, child, or stranger, approaching with kindness is always the right answer.
This year has been weird. Summer will be weird. Next year will probably be a little weird. So in moving forward, search out little opportunities to share kindness with your friends, families, and strangers. Whether that be greeting your neighbors on the street, sharing hot dogs and watermelon on your stoops, porches, driveways or yards, or offering help in some small way to someone who needs it. Small acts of kindness are memorable, and can often make a huge difference in someone’s day, or even their life. Don’t pass up these opportunities!
It’s been my absolute pleasure serving our school these last couple of years, and I am so delighted to leave you in the very very excellent and capable hands of Kathryn Lachenmeier and Megan Flaherty, who are going to make an incredible co-president team.
Also, you can’t get rid of me that easily. I still have a kid here for 2 more years.
Yours in continued friendship and positivity,