What I do with a moment depends on me: it depends on my disposition, my perspective, and my openness.
Tonight was the Miss AMS Pageant. I know if you’re like I am, you’re thinking, “A middle school pageant–ugh!”
I’ve never been into girls becoming princesses and prancing, singing, dancing, and competing.
Yet somehow the school’s yearly pageant has grown on me. I used to tolerate it and work it because, well, “additional duties and responsibilities” fall somewhere in line with events like this and because the funds raised do a lot for my school.
What do I do with a moment? When I am my best self, I embrace the moment. Tonight was full of embraceable moments.
Watching siblings come back to AMS on a Saturday night to support their little sisters is special.
Clapping, beaming, laughing, hugging, loving–being present for their little girls. Off to the side, I enjoy watching the look in the eyes of parents as their daughters are on stage.
Listening to the words of a winning essay written about Malala Yousafa and knowing those words began with a short conversation with me when this young lady asked me what event in her lifetime I thought was most important. All I did was have a conversation and loan this student a documentary and a book, and she created an essay about the power of one person’s words to impact change. I had tears in my eyes and was so proud as I heard the words read, and yes, a sixth grader’s essay won for the entire school.
Passion, energy, excitement, and nervousness fill the air as these girls perform. I find myself wiping my eyes a bit as moments move me.
Tonight I talked to former students, big brothers, parents, and grandparents. From missing the times in my class to appreciating my role in the lives of these girls, I enjoyed these conversations. One former student called me over to talk to him and said,”My sister talks about how much she loves your class all the time.”
I work with some fun people. A night like this with us all working together in many different capacities joins us in a different sort of way.
As the girls of 6th grade transform into the young ladies of 8th grade, they carry themselves with more poise, more maturity, and more confidence.
Being a part of a community of teachers, faculty, parents, family, and students is really amazing. On an event like tonight, the community comes together in a unique way.
An event has really happened when I receive a t-shirt. 🙂 After being a “bouncer” for several years, this year the bouncers got special t-shirts. Black t-shirts with sparkly silver letters with BOUNCER on the back with a crown over the B. Yes, I feel tough.
What do I do with a moment?
When my perspective is right, I enjoy the moment, I let go of things that bother me, and I find the good. While I’m not into pageants and princesses, I love my school family and thoroughly enjoy being a part of this community coming together.
What I do with a moment is up to me making the most of it and embracing the good.
Each and every moment of my life hinges on my perspective.
Tonight I embrace and celebrate the good.