What If❤

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What If❤
by Jennifer Batz - Monday, April 13, 2020, 11:22 AM

Good Monday Morning,

I hope this email finds you well and safe. I received the text below from a colleague and I thought it was important to share. At present, many of us are overwhelmed with the "what if" scenarios we play out in our heads with regard to the health of our loved ones, the education of our students and even the state of the economy. When I received this email, I couldn't help but smile, and I hope it does the same for you.
Be Well,

What if?  ❤️️

If they cancel the rest of the school year, students would miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. Yes, they may fall behind when it comes to classroom education...

But what if...❤

What if instead of falling “behind", this group of kids are ADVANCED because of this? Hear me out...️❤️

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing?❤️

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet? ❤️

What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower? ❤️️

What if this generation are the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well run home? ❤️

What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less? ❤️

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home? ❤️️

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday? ❤️

What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place? ❤️

What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?❤️

What if they are AHEAD? ❤️

Warmly, Mari K. Doyle