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Stuff is Getting Real


It was one of those days you seldom have in teaching.

I had a sub but was in the building to help with fabric selections for furniture for our new building. The architect was in our meeting as was the principal and another teacher.

There was a knock at the door of the office in which we were meeting.

“I just wanted to tell you all that a plane hit one of the towers in New York City.”

“Yikes!” we all said as we went about our business.

There was another knock at the door.

“You guys need to come and look at this. Another plane has run into the towers in NYC and they are not able to communicate with two others that are in the air.”

That got our attention.

With eyes big as saucers we watched the first continuous news ribbon under the channel that kept updating information that was going from bad to worse by the second.

I need to get back to my class, I thought. The architect packed up her things and made a quick exit. Within minutes, the scenario unfolded more and more horror on national TV.

Feeling fear, but not showing fear is a difficult thing to do. We were told to stay the course.

It was a terrible day.

It is an infamous reminder of the resilience of the American people and the love they have for each other and their country.

Now, we face another uncertainty.

It is easy to blow off an illness that medical people say will make you mildly ill if you are in healthy shape and a certain age group. But this little virus gern is wreaking havoc.

The stock market is plummeting. Uncertainty does that and has been doing it for a little less than a month now.

The directive now, from the CDC and WHO is to keep out of communities that have many people. Keep yourself in check by washing your hands and being diligent that your elderly loved ones are not in risky situations.

Hunker down and wait.

Believe me, I know this couldn’t come at a worse time Many families have planned spring break trips. Concerts and conferences that bring in many people have been curtailed. Even the NBA has decided to suspend play.

Stuff is just getting real and if we can just be Americans for this crisis, we will get through it.

What does that mean exactly?

To me, it means cancelling Be THAT teacher workshop for April 4. I do not want to pose a risk to hosts or invite those who may be carriers. Plus, we don’t know what is going to happen from one day to the next.

Folks, we’ll get through this. Together, as blended Americans, regardless of party. Blame and attitudes that suggest this is a “Hoax” have no place in the conversation right now.

When we face the unknown, we educate ourselves, and work together to beat whatever threat there is to America.

That is because we are HUMAN BEINGS AND AMERICANS first.

It has to start with you.

Thanks for listening..


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