#sol14 Day 27 Sustained by Coffee, Conversation and Companionship
The announcement was, "There's coffee and goodies in the faculty room." So, most of us, even though there was a teaching day ahead went, like lemmings, for the free coffee and food. Somehow, the lure of substance seemed comforting at that moment. Yet, the real need was probably for the companionship that ensued.
The room was already filled with grieving teachers filling their plates with food when I arrived. "You know," someone said as she slathered a bagel with cream cheese," Jews eat at times like these. It helps."
"You don't know eating and drinking until you've seen the Italians before and after a wake" claimed the nearby friend. "The Irish, we drink a wee bit to get through these times," said a third!
"Let me tell you a story that will make you smile," said another teacher. " My son, 'G' an eager third grader facing his first State English Language Arts State test told us he was 'excited about the upcoming state tests.' 'G' didn't wait for a response before adding, 'I'm really excited because I know all about states." "His older and wiser brother and I looked at each other," she added shaking her head! "We were wondering WHO should tell him the truth about the upcoming tests! So I, the wise mother, began to burst "G's" bubble and share that the ELA would ask him to read for 3 mornings in a row for about 2 hours a day. 'G,' ever the optimist, listened and then smiled, saying, 'Well I guess that's a good thing because I do not know the capital of China, yet!"
We laughed, smiled and remembered the innocence of youth and our promise to protect them, as much as we can, from the trials and tribulations of life.
I smiled as I headed back to my room to prepare for the hard day ahead thinking about gathering together, the power of stories, and the many slices of our lives.
I wonder if generations of people have come together thinking that it was the food that would sustain them through the tough times?
I'm sure that the older and wiser ones figured out that the food was just the vehicle to taking us to the conversation and companionship we need most to sustain us in tough times.