Sometimes, maybe even most of the time, kids can sure show us what heart is all about. In our crazy, fast-paced, daily lives, it's easy to lose track of what's really important. Spending my days with 9-10 year olds can be challenging, no doubt, but the positives a teacher receives from the wisdom, sweetness and courage of kids is immeasurable.
When one of my students fell on the risers at last night's spring concert, and had to be escorted off the stage in tears and pain, it would have been very easy for her to sit out the rest of the evening's songs, since the concert was almost over. But after being comforted, she walked out to a nice ovation and rejoined her classmates to sing the last couple of songs, holding a small bandage to her elbow.
I LOVED IT! And had tears in my eyes talking to her as she left the stage. Talk about character, courage, and heart. We've talked a lot about heart in class this year, listened to songs, and shared some activities meant to open students' hearts and minds to how important it is to be resilient, kind and brave. But she demonstrated it. I am SO proud of this young lady for making a choice not to fail, but to fall and get up. That is heart!
© 2015 Peter J. Wilson
Peter Wilson teaches fourth grade at University Lake School, in Hartland, WI.