About a week ago I received an e-mail in my work inbox titled: Hello.
There was a short apology, mentions of a crazy school year, and thanksgiving for our sweet letters and words of encouragement. It was very short and to the point reply to our cards.
In the beginning of September, our fifth grade class made cards to send to a fifth grade class in Texas that was affected by Hurricane Harvey. Their school was damaged by the flooding and had to move to an alternate location so the school could be renovated. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to start the school year off like that.
I immediately printed out the e-mail, excited to share it with my students. Interestingly enough, our science lesson that day was on creating a plan to protect a city from hurricanes. We discussed what happened with Hurricane Katrina and how certain areas were flooded while others parts were not.
One week later, I sit here at my laptop, realizing that I didn’t respond to her e-mail. It got lost in the flood of e-mails that I swim through daily. I feel bad that I so easily forgot about her, her school, and the hurricane. So easily we go through the motions daily, absorbed in our lives, and the bubble we are in.
So now it’s my turn to reply. What do I say?