It’s time. Students arrive tomorrow and the clock starts back up for another exciting school year. In preparation, I pulled out my favorite puzzle to work. Though it represents the school of a different time, it helps me mentally prepare for what is to come. As I worked the puzzle, I was reminded of a show I watched many years ago – Little House on the Prairie.
Set in the late 1800s, the show featured a one-room schoolhouse nestled in the small town community of Walnut Grove, Minnesota. As I worked the puzzle, I continually thought about one character featured in the show: Harriet Oleson. She was the stereotypical “nosy neighbor.” She knew everyone’s business, was very pessimistic, and continually stirred whatever pot she could get her hands in. She made me thankful for my own real-life neighbor, Bob.
Bob is the perfect neighbor. He knows our kids, keeps an eye out on our house when we are away, is quick to come over if we have a house problem we can’t fix, and best of all, he always sees the best in people. He’s just a good person. Everyone needs neighbors like Bob.
Teachers, seek out the Bobs of your school community this year. Cling to the people who know your kids, check up on things when you are absent, help you out when needed, and see the best in you and others. Life is too short to let the Harriet Oleson’s of the world take the joy out of things, so tag some of your supportive teaching neighbors with this post and commit to having a great school year no matter what obstacles might be thrown your way.