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.

5 thoughts on “Reflection

  1. Hi Lisa,I just want to say that you have been a great inspiration to me with regard to the early childhood field.Your posts are a treasure for every early childhood professional.And its been an honor attending this class with you.Thank you.

  2. Hello Lisa,
    I have enjoyed your discussions and support throughout our first course together. I hope we continue on together throughout the program. I think we all have great perspectives and so much more to share and learn from as we continue to grow in our own developments of the early childhood field. Thanks for all your sharing! Best wishes!

  3. Lisa,
    Thank you for all the support you have given me throughout these past eight weeks. I hope we continue on this path throughout the program together. I wish you good luck throughout the rest of your professional journey!

  4. Hi Lisa,
    I have enjoyed reading your post. I do not think I would have done as well without your support and encouraging words. I hope that we continue on this journey together. I have been blessed with a wonderful group. I was some what unsure about taking classes online, but thanks to all of you, I have made it thus far. Thank You and wishing you the best on the rest of this journey!

  5. Lisa,
    It has been such a great journey throughout this time, and you have been such an awesome encouragement every step of the way. Thank you for all your hard work, and I wish you all the best in the future.

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