Today is the 21,172nd morning I have opened my eyes here on the good blue globe.
I often tell my students, "I'm so glad to be here on the planet with you today," and they look at me funny. I get it...it's 7:40 am and they are teenagers and it's 1st period. But I can usually get them to grin a little and come along with me.
I hope that it's one of the things they'll remember about my class. That and a few comma rules. And the sense that they can trust their stories, that their lives and stories matter, and that they do have something to say.
Lots more things running through my head, things I'd like to say, to tie together here, but...time to make my lunch and head to work. Time to greet my sleepy students and remind them what a good gift it is to be here together.