Carrying That Load

Chuck is an educator, Young Adult Novelist, and passionate about helping people with depression and anxiety by sharing his own insights and experiences. All families with children should place those teaching their children in the “Hero” category. Teaching is not a “JOB” it is a calling.

Thoughts and Writings on Mental Health and Mindfulness

Yesterday, I walked a student to the bench outside my school. Her backpack over her shoulders, her hat low on her forehead, mask on her face. When we exited the school doors, her shuffled walk brought us to a bench. We sat in the cool October breeze, sun on our faces, talking about dogs, and attempting to help her process why she will not be returning to school until it’s safe once again.

Her grandma came and as she got up to walk toward the car, turned to me and said, “I’ll come to school next week?”

I had to tell her the truth, as I always do with my kids, “No, you will come back when you are safe and won’t get sick.”

She had a look on her face that told me she understood, and then she said, “You come see me.”

“Of course,” was my reply. “We…

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