My first response to the preceding words is a smile. I love to travel and explore. Summertime will find me on road trips exploring…usually on my own. My husband doesn’t have the luxury of having a summer break. However, when I think more deeply, journeys I have taken have many uncomfortable moments. But in the end the journey was always worth the making.
A spring break trip to Arizona a few years ago was made with 5 adults and one child. The adults included 3 grown children who had not lived at home for awhile, a new boyfriend, one grandson, and myself. There was also a meeting of a friend and her child. Smile. However, there were many uncomfortable moments. One wanted to eat at every Mexican restaurant while another moaned, “not more Mexican food.” One played music that was sure to irritate another. The rental was not large enough for all the bodies to sit comfortably. One would want to wake early. One would want sleep in. Several wanted to go hiking while one did not. Everyone at one time or another just wanted to be alone for awhile. But in the end the journey was filled with happy memorable moments and experiences that would not be forgotten.
Traveled a leg of a journey today with a group of teachers that I admire so much. We are all on a journey…to hone our craft of teaching. Smile. It was not a easy leg of the journey. We were tired after a teaching day, traveling, and attending another meeting. Having discussions about beliefs. State educational “reforms” and district expectations weighing heavy on our minds. Synthesizing information from our observations. Long trip home. Another teaching day tomorrow followed by supporting an evening school activity. But in the end the journey will be worth it. I travel with people with big hearts who want the best of themselves and their students. They care. The journey is worth it…even when it has hard uncomfortable bumps in the road. Smile.