Hey, it's National School Counselors' Week
Pass along a thank you note or a bar of chocolate to your child's school counselor!
My counselor colleagues are a delightful array of heartful and skilled humans.
I learn a lot from them
and like sharing my ideas with them.
I am being celebrated in little mists of appreciation at my school.
Some of the kiddos have written notes or drawn pictures for me this week.
Another class sang to me as I came in to teach.
"For she's a jolly good counselor, for she's . . ."
They were so excited to hand me a big poster where each had written a note.
I promised to read every word.
My job presents me with a wide range of needs.
Coming through my office door might be a child
who has had a fight with their friend.
Or they are feeling the pressure of
a full schedule,
trying to get school work done,
along with sports, lessons and family chores.
Or they are worried about their family.
It is not unusual
to listen to a kiddo
who is sad, shocked or scared ----or numb
parents fighting (they can name how many emergency vehicles were there)
mom in jail (wanting to make her a picture for her wall)
critical illness in the family (parent health declining from cancer)
being evicted (worried about living under a bridge)
mental illness in the family (yelling is scary--"I just can't take it any more.")
feeling the waves.
doing the best that they can
And a school counselor
a quiet place
to consider and decide.