Tag: gratitude

Morning Traffic on a Strange Planet



Does this ever happen to you?

You are sitting at a red light in morning traffic, half-listening to the news on the radio, half-trying to decide how to juggle the elements of an ordinary day: the meetings, the appointments, the overscheduled children, the dirty house, the dreaded phone calls: the insurance company, the plumber, the cable provider. Which to do first, which second, which can be put off, which to axe entirely — oh wait, you need some cash, and there’s an ATM in the next block, should you stop now or get cash at the grocery store later —

and click, something shifts.

Thanks, Teach


Teachers hating parents, teachers cheating on standardized tests, teachers becoming (gasp!) Facebook friends with their students… maybe we here in the Fishbowl have been guilty of passing along gloomy news over the past few weeks. But here’s something that melted even our cynical little hearts:  a bunch of videos (and Facebook posts) from folks thanking teachers for having changed their lives.

The movement was started by the Huffington Post and it’s called the “You Made a Difference” Campaign. It’s nice to see so much gratitude directed toward educators. It really is important work (and I might as well use this tiny little pulpit here to give some shout outs of my own — thanks, Mrs. Baylor! Thanks, Mr. Peck! Thanks, Ms. Morse!), and too often we only appreciate teachers years after the fact.

Got any teachers you’d like to thank for changing your life — or just making the school day a bit better?