ICYMI: The Pain of Growing Up, originally posted on December 22, 2017, explains the impossible task I have as an educator, serving as a protector of all of my students.
In many ways I wish I could be like the Giver and take the feelings of anguish from my students so they themselves do not have to feel them. Yet, I know this proves to be impossible. These experiences, unfortunately, induce maturation and appear necessary in growing up. No matter how painful they may prove to be.
In the wake of the tragic passing of one of my former students, I wanted not only to bemoan the cruelty of life that forces kids to grow up quickly but also laud the poise so many of my students showed in representing themselves, their school, and their lost friend.
I can take a semblance of solace in knowing that they will learn from this experience and be better in some way for it. I write this while keeping in mind the deep sorrow they feel and I feel as well.