We mourn this end of school year
today at 11:22 am
We commiserate with our children about this unprecedented time as a result of the Covid-19 virus. We can only imagine how the Italian writer Dante drew inspiration from gruesome realities of that Bubonic Plague, hundreds of years ago, to write The Inferno about the stages of hell. Profound teachable moments among world events overshadow fleeting frustrations of home learning away from school, friends, teachers and staff. Now, our boys mourn the horrific death of George Floyd. This end of school year, we focus on the greater good to heal and work toward justice for all.
My husband and I answer questions from our outraged boys over the police brutality about protests and curfews. Our boys hurt for George Floyd’s family, his lost life and opportunities. They begin to understand how our privilege to enjoy our neighborhood parks, and so much more, differ from what some people of color may experience.
This end of the school year, our hearts continue to break for those impacted with Covid-19 virus, any illness during this time of social distancing in addition to those who suffer from inequality. We acknowledge fear for physical well being, financial security and survival. Among this complicated and chaotic time, we pause.
While our boys miss their school community at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Chicago, we wonder at flocks of geese. The clouds sprinkle our horizon like lace over the bright sun. Tall strong trees help ground us with our values for justice.
The wisdom and goodness of our school community even from a distance, dear friends, family and strangers, help anchor us. They spark joy. We slow down to bask in the glorious bright sun that hints at a hopeful rebirth in leadership. Our resilient people of the United States must vote for change this fall. Our world must unite to grow.
We work toward a safer and more peaceful future. We speak up for others. We commit to continue learning, be kind and present. As this school year ends, we strive to embody our faith of love, mercy and justice. XOXO