Peace, Love, and Giving Thanks

Peace, Love, and Giving Thanks!

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         Life is full of ups and downs, twists and turns, and of course good memories and bad memories. We know this all too well, but how many times do we stop and reflect on this? I know for myself the answer is not enough. Life is a journey, and in order to fully enjoy each moment, it’s important to recognize and reflect on all it throws at us. This is why Thanksgiving for so many of us conjures up so many emotions; for once, we are reminded to stop and reflect on the journey, rather then just let moments fly by.

This year has been a rather trying one; the most pivotal event being Hurricane Sandy and all the damage she left behind. In an instant our lives were turned upside down and we were all left vulnerable. Our school was closed, our students homes and neighborhood devastated by flooding, and our futures uncertain. Fear, panic, and anxiety quickly ensued and it seemed as though no one knew how to proceed. Now, a year later, we have a lot to give thanks for.

Our school was reopened this September, and the “trailers” that we called our classrooms for months were whisked away. We returned to our classrooms with a renewed spirit of strength, optimism, and of course gratitude. It wasn’t a simple journey and I have a lot of people to thank for helping to get us there.

Thank you to the all the teachers and staff from a local H.S. who welcomed us into their classrooms and allowed us to take over their spaces, to allow our kids to return to normalcy as quickly as possible. Thank you to all the donors who flocked to help us replenish supplies, furniture, equipment, books, clothing… you name it, they had it covered!  A huge thanks to our family and friends who reached out to us to offer help, without even needing to be asked.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t also thank and acknowledge my co-workers whose friendship carried me through a rather tumultuous year. Your unwavering support, compassion and respect have made all the difference for me this year. Whenever I began to falter, you were always there pushing me forward and encouraging me with your kind words and love. Without you ladies, this year would have been unbearable.

While life is unpredictable, and oftentimes unbearable, it is also incredibly inspiring and beautiful too.  For it is in these same trying times that cause us to feel vulnerable, scared and uncertain, that we realize how much we have to give thanks for. I know that this year as my family and I gather around the Thanksgiving table, I will have a lot of reasons to be thankful for.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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