I believe in education. And even though schools aren’t perfect in this country, the fact that every child can go to school for free is one of the best privileges of our democracy. It is the right thing to do- to gather our children together to teach them history and math and science and geography and reading, to give them knowledge so they can articulate their ideas; skills so they can invent and create.
All around me this week, kids and teachers are returning to their schools. However, I’m retired from school teaching, so this is now what other people do. It took a while to adjust, but I am no longer sad that I’m not in that throng of kids and teachers starting back.
August in Door County is too nice to go inside. The flowers blaze with color.
The water is warm and swimmable.
Lake Michigan has been particularly clear this year.
The gardens are full of vegetables; the eating is good. And all around me I see beauty in the small things like the patterns on water
and the color of water
and cranes in a field.
I loved teaching, and it felt good to do something valuable with my days. But it was hard work, as it called for relentless sacrifice for the kids in my care. So, thank you to all the teachers who will spend their waking moments of this year helping the children in their classrooms. I’m grateful you do what you do.
Someday, you too, might retire and live in a beautiful place.