Last year a colleague read to us from Tim O'Brien's Vietnam memoir (fictional memoir?) The Things They Carried. She then posed the question to us: As teachers, what are the things we carry?
Here is what I wrote, a bit edited and revised and also not limited to my life as teacher (because I'm not just that). I found it a fun exercise and might do it again, just to practice. There are so many ways one could go with this question.
What do I carry?
I carry children, lunch boxes, school bags
File folders, papers, paper clips
Lip gloss, Legos, tiny swords
Pennies, lots of quarters (oh please let me have quarters!)
Water bottles, cleats ,sticks, rocks, shells
Candy wrappers, lollipop sticks
Apple cores long-forgotten
Worries within, fears without
Thanks and gratitude
Children's questions, maybe a few answers
Calvin & Hobbes, Tintin
Bewilderment and yet hope
The True Light that enlightens every one.
joining with Emily for Imperfect Prose on Thursdays