Recently I’ve been disconnected from the building even when present.
Even my thoughts below seem disconnected as I read them. Forgive my rambling. . .seems to be a theme with my posts recently!
The week before our winter break I had the flu, when we returned from break I had several meetings and felt as I was always playing catchup. Then, GG passed away. (GG, great-grandma, is my wife’s grandmother, but named GG by our almost 6 year-old Seely).
GG passed suddenly and it has been very hard on us all. During this time away and since my return to school I have struggled to be a leader. I’ve struggled to reconnect and I’ve been a bit on edge and disconnected.
To say the least I haven’t been much of a leader at school. Upon my return I have been treading water as I had even more meetings and preparing for more meetings I am to lead this coming week.
School will be, and has been, fine because we have great teachers, students/families, and our office staff, counselors, and assistant principal are amazing! I am so thankful for such a supportive group of people!
So, my focus has been on being a supportive husband and father.
I’d be lying if I said it was easy. It never is easy under ‘normal’ circumstances. The hardest part was explaining to Seely his GG was gone. We would see her one more time, but she wouldn’t be able to speak with us. However, we can talk to her any time and she will ALWAYS be in our hearts and memories.
So, as our family returns to our routines and create a new normal without GG we know time will heal. We also know we will always have the fond memories of Saturday visits, Thanksgiving dinners, and birthday parties to help us smile.
Thank you to the support we have received from so many at our schools and to the members of my PLN who reached out after I posted the following tweet:
I couldn’t ask for a better family, better school community, and you all reading this post. Thank you for your kind words and continued support.