No One Told Me: Day 24 #SOL18

Today is day 24 of the month long writing challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers.

No One Told Me…

No one told me

That you can feel such emotion in this profession

When you learn of a student who is hurting

You hurt right alongside of her

And upon hearing of this hurt

You feel so deeply

You cry

And try as you might

To hide that emotion

You can’t keep it in

And those tears trickle down

Your cheeks

Right in front of the children

Until another child asks you

What’s wrong?

And then consoles you

With a hug

You cry

No one told me

8 Replies to “No One Told Me: Day 24 #SOL18”

  1. Allowing yourself to be vulnerable in front of your students is not easy, but I’m sure it made a huge impact on them. They need to see us being human.

  2. This is beautiful. What a heartbreakingly wonderful job we have, right? It matters so much, and it weighs so heavily at times, yet there’s so much joy too. I loved that as you were carrying one student’s pain, another stepped in to show you the same love.

  3. This is the two-fold of a caring heart. The caring allows to teach and makes you vulnerable to emotions at the same time. Yet, I would take empathy and emotions any time over robotic teaching. I agree, with Melanie, some lessons on how to take care of our heart would help.

  4. I’ve written about this so many times–the things they don’t teach you in education classes. It’s so hard. But I think the tears are Ok and letting children comfort you and each other. And you can’t fix everything, but when kids know you care, sometimes that’s what they need

  5. Thanks for sharing your emotion. I have been told countless times I wear my “heart on my sleeve.” Your words and phrases in this poem helped me pause, reflect, and release …in a sort of healing way. Well done. 🙂

  6. We care. That’s our super power. Your poem captures that power well, and I know that your students feel the power of your caring.

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