It’s easy to say we want change. The hard task is to work and champion for change. I’ve met some incredible people this semester at Walden in our discussions on the foundation of early childhood. I also have a greater appreciation for those currently in the field of public and higher education who are diligent in their roles as teachers, administrators and educators. As I continue to move forward in my journey, I realize that I not only need to advocate for the children, but for the teachers as well. Sometimes we get discouraged in our duties, for the accolades don’t always come. But I’m reminded that sometimes small blessings come when least expected. I love the african proverb “that it takes a village to raise a child”. That village is more than just family members, teachers and your community. Sometimes that village can be a lone traveler just passing through.
My husband and I drill our son daily on the consequence of choices and to be a leader not a follower. We implore him to put in the hard work now for it will become easier and pay off in the long run. Sometimes I think he tunes us out when we get to harping. The other day, my son and I were out picking up dinner and a gentleman who I didn’t know stopped us and asked if I was his mother. He had been watching my son’s interaction with the clerk at the store. I responded yes and he asked if he could speak to my son for a few minutes. He went on to tell my son that there was something about his demeanor that spoke intelligence, confidence and qualities of being a leader. He advised him to continue to shine as these qualities would take him far in life. My son smiled and thanked him for the encouraging words. I smiled and thanked him for the reinforcement. Sometimes the village is a lone traveler passing through but stops long enough to make a lasting difference. I’d like to think I can not only be that lone traveler but a frequent guest in making the difference in a child’s educational journey.