>Two postings in one week! See – I really am trying to be a better blogger! Oh the high aspirations I have…. : )
Today my heart is kind of troubled. I hope this next statement doesn’t shatter anyone’s illusions about teachers (if it does, then you must have always been a teacher’s pet), but unlike parents, we totally have favorites when it comes to our students. And my very favorite student of all time…..one that I will remember and think about in 20 years and wonder where she is and what she’s up to……well, her family is having a rough time. Her name is Brooke, and I’ve mentioned her before on my blog (before I accidentally deleted everything). If you remember, she’s the one who questioned about why buildings and landmarks are called “man-made” when they could have been built by a woman. Do you see why I love her?
So yesterday her dad came to each lunch with her. A big, burly, jeans-n-tshirt, warm smile kind of guy….reminds me of another certain dad I know 🙂 While I watched him eat lunch with her, it was obvious that she is a daddy’s girl and that they both simply adore one another. She was beaming with pride to have her daddy there, and in turn, he was beaming with happiness from spending time with his daughter.
After he left I motioned for Brooke to come over to the teacher’s table so we could talk. I asked if she liked having her dad each lunch with her. “Oh yes!”. I asked if she was a Daddy’s Girl. Same reply. Then I asked what he did for a living. She said he was a mechanic, but he just got laid off two days ago. I don’t know why, but my heart just broke for her when she said that. I tried not to look worried or anything and just told her how great I thought it was that he chose to come eat lunch with her on one of his first days off – what a special little girl she must be to him. She grinned and shook her head yes.
Now I have no idea what their home life is like or what kind of financial situation they are in. Brooke is always such a sweet girl- works hard, is respectful, sort of quiet, has a few friends, but no real clique – just a great little individual. She seems like she comes from a nice, normal, middle-class family. And now, ever since hearing what happened, all I can think about is how the news of her dad’s layoff is affecting her. She’s been acting the same, but I am still curious.
I mean we hear about the economy and all the job losses and foreclosures, and unfortunately I know several adults who have been negatively impacted by it all, but for some reason, looking at it from a child’s point of view seems so different. It’s one thing to be an adult and to worry about stuff. At least we are of age and have the means to try and get a job when something like this happens. But for a kid, when it happens to their family, they must feel so helpless. They can’t do anything but sit back and watch how it affects their family.
I wonder if Brooke is worried. I wonder if she’s stressing over financial matters that are too big for her 12 year old mind. I wonder if she feels guilty about whatever money she might spend or ask for. I don’t know- I just wonder.
In all honesty, she could be fine and not thinking much about it at all. I really do hope that’s the case. I hope she is getting to just be a kid and trust that mom and dad will take care of it all. Maybe I’m putting too much of myself and my own background with money into her story. But still. I think it’s something worth thinking about.
So if you could, if you believe in prayer, will you please lift Brooke and her family up? And of course, not just her, but all the families out there dealing with economical struggles, and more specifically, the children who are inadvertently affected by these things that are beyond their control. I know that’s a lot to pray for. And I know I often feel so overwhelmed by such general, broad stroke prayers (help the homeless….heal all the sick babies, etc.), and if you’re like that too, then maybe focusing in on Brooke will be easier. Thank you so much. I truly do believe in prayer and the more voices going up to God, the better. On that note, if you’ve been following baby Catherine’s story (her blog is one of my links), she too is struggling right now and is in need of prayers as well. Again, thank you 🙂