Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Take a Hike

From our President (the competent one):


Thursday April 9, 2020
What a nice start I  had to my day! I was on my way home from my daily hike to and through the Schmeekle Reserve (ninth day of my new routine of getting up earlier and going straight out to hike first thing-but who-s counting?!})There was a woman walking on the other side of Michigan as I headed back to my house. I planned to take the “students’ path” through on Fourth Avenue and come in my back door. To my surprise, the woman turned on to the student path as well, so I spoke up to ask if she is my neighbor! She was surprised-we all are these days if anyone speaks, and said that she lives up by SPASH. Then she told me she’s a teacher in the District. I was amazed and told her that I am a retired teacher and very active in our Retired Teachers’ Group, and she was delighted. What do you suppose was the first thing she mentioned? “Oh, you’re the ones who have those terrific book sales!” We continued to visit-from a safe distance, of course) and I found out she is a first year teacher teaching second grade at Roosevelt. No wonder she knows all the student paths toward the UW. I loved having the friendly contact, especially with a Roosevelt teacher, as that is where I volunteered with the United Way’s Learn for Life program this semester, so she is someone I can hopefully keep in touch with! She feels that the on-;ine instruction is particularly hard for the high school teachers. I shared the reports from my daughter and granddaughter who are working from home and trying to supervise their kids’ school work, how much their appreciation for teachers increases by the day! So I’m smiling and feeling blessed to have such a positive start to my day. I wanted to share it with you!

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