Blessings

Jun. 6th, 2017 04:38 pm
asakiyume: (feathers on the line)
[personal profile] asakiyume
Last week I went to the graduation of one of the high school students I'd been tutoring. The high school she was at has a history of low performance, which probably contributed to the huge joy and sense of celebration in the air for this ceremony. Everybody was really, really rooting for these kids; each one represents a huge victory for everyone--the kids themselves, the families, the teachers, the whole community.

That sense of community spirit! The very young mayor of the city was there, and when he got up to speak, a girl sitting in front of me--maybe eleven or twelve years old--said to her older relative with pride, "Do you see him? He's our mayor." I have never lived in a place where a little kid would be that enthusiastic for a local politician.

Afterward, I had to walk a few blocks to get to where I had parked, and on my way back I couldn't stop smiling. A guy coming the other direction said to me, "God bless you sister," as we passed, and I did feel blessed.

Date: 2017-06-06 09:14 pm (UTC)
sovay: (Viktor & Mordecai)
From: [personal profile] sovay
"Do you see him? He's our mayor." I have never lived in a place where a little kid would be that enthusiastic for a local politician.

That's wonderful.

Date: 2017-06-06 11:42 pm (UTC)
heliopausa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] heliopausa
Oh, this is brilliant! Wonderful! So really good to read! (Yes, we need good news, and we need blessing.)

Date: 2017-06-07 06:45 am (UTC)
amaebi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] amaebi
God bless you, sister!

Date: 2017-06-07 10:37 am (UTC)
mrissa: (Default)
From: [personal profile] mrissa
I had a similar experience at a community college graduation. I really think the sense that someone genuinely might not graduate a program and that doing so represents a material change in their life outcome changes the entire day. It was amazing.

I will never forget the bit when the college president asked all the graduates who were the first in their families to graduate from any post-secondary education to stand up. The man behind me had gigantic broad palms, like my father's hands, and he wept unabashedly while clapping them together and shouting, "That's MY baby! That's MY girl!" She was becoming a nurse that day. I cried too.

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