I am so very pleased to welcome Jeanie Sulfidge from A House Called Home to Minds in Bloom. Her post is a truly heart-warming reminder on what a difference teachers can make in the lives of students whose own lives are more challenging than most of us can imagine.
The short truth is: nobody. She has raised herself for the past five, seven, maybe ten years. And to be honest, she’s done a pretty good job. She has found ways to protect herself, to provide for her needs (both physically and emotionally), and to make it through another day. You wouldn’t want her life. Be honest. What she does is hard. What she does is brutal. She doesn’t seem to feel remorse. Does she care about anybody but herself? No, she doesn’t know how. She can’t give what she’s never received.
Do you have a student who could use an extra helping of grace? It might be difficult, but I don’t think it will be too long before you find your smile less phony and more sincere. Give it a try. Who knows? Maybe one day that smile will be returned!
A mom to three and a middle school science teacher, I am a passionate advocate for all things adoption and all things educational. After working with students stuck in hard places, I saw a need I could fill. In 2006 my oldest daughter, Hannah, joined me on this amazing journey we call life. In 2008 we welcomed Ashley, and in 2011 Amy rounded out our family of four. We laugh together, cry together, and most importantly, share ordinary, everyday moments together. We wouldn’t have it any other way. Please join us on our adventure at A House Called Home. I also have a Teachers Pay Teachers Store.