On Monday I discussed Trevor Nunn's version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and how love, when bestowed, opens people up. Love has the startling power to draw people out of themselves, out of their woes and worries, out of their hang-ups. It is a wonder.
As Spring begins to burn hot, as the school year begins to wind down, as anticipation of graduation swells in hopeful chests, I still see many students with downcast or anxious eyes. Sure, some of the problem is apathy or the so-called "senioritis" (as I've discussed over the last couple of weeks); but much of what is going on in my students and in myself is a growing sense of urgency--for whatever reason. Many here at school are walking the halls, wrestling our way through classes and days and homework (when they do it) , trying to just make it by. All the students are racing toward summer. The seniors are racing toward their mini-consumation--GRADUATION. Their all racing in the same direction, toward similar goals... and yet... there's somehow a hollowness in the midst of all the anticipation.
I don't know the direct cause of the blank or wandering, focus-less gazes I see. I DO know that many of these floundering students need encouragement. Reminders. A gentle push.
At the end of this day and all the struggles these teenagers feel--that I feel as a teacher and parent--all of us need feeding and the food we need is love. I know this may sound like a spectacularly obvious assessment, but I see so many of us who call ourselves educators, parents, friends miss this point. Rather than seeking to feed this need for love (and all that love carries along with it), we sometimes have that tendency to withdraw from the students or worse, we follow them into their hazy, hungry state and neglect to be fed ourselves so that we might, in turn, be feeders.
Love feeds love. We need to be fed with love and support--from colleagues, friends, family, students, speakers, authors, etc.--so that we can feed.
It's spring. Go find invigoration, go find, learning, go find love. You might have to try hard to do this, especially if you're weary with the work set before us. DO IT! It's worth the labor, for you and for those in your charge.
Don't join the hollow stare. Fill it.
"Love feeds love and I believe that
love bleeds when it doesn't get enough." ~Wayne Kirkpatrick