And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ‘till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr Seuss
My wife and I were caring for a couple of our young grandchildren last Saturday when we caught the very end of the Morgan Hometown Christmas Celebration. Lighted balloons were floating in the air rising slowly upward and eastward like fireflies on a warm Southern evening.
“Look at that Pops!” proclaimed one child. “That’s cool,” added the other. Their eyes aglow as the spectacle played out before them. Their joy, joined with hundreds of other young children, was the reward city volunteers received for their devoted efforts and hard work.
I supposed I have a similar feeling of wonderment when I walk through one of our schools and see teachers rising in front of the class, instructing and motivating young minds to new heights. It always amazes me how they can, from day to day and from year to year, devote their time and talents to the education of the next generation. To me this is one of the greatest gifts of our society.
Recently, I sat down next to one of our master teachers who will be retiring at the end of the school year. We talked about his career and what it will be like after he leaves his position with the district.
“This year is certainly going by quickly,” he remarked with broken voice, “I’m not sure what I’ll do when I can’t teach young people, I really love those kids.”
During four decades this art teacher and coach has given much to assist young minds and bodies gain an appreciation for the arts and understand the benefits of regular physical activity.
The main core of Morgan High School was constructed in 1965. Today, forty-six years later, it still stands strong thanks to the determined efforts of our custodial staff over that storied period of time. On numerous occasions visitors have commented on the cleanliness and structural soundness of our buildings.
“I can’t believe how well this school looks compared to ours,” said a visiting principal, “our school is about the same age and it is beat to pieces!”
This is another gift that reaches beyond the moment and has a lasting effect on generations.
As we celebrate the season of giving, may we take the time to say thanks to those who have given so much of their lives to the youth and to our community. Think of a past or present teacher, cook, aide, bus driver, administrator, secretary, board member, custodian, coach, maintenance worker or another school employee who has a positive influence on your life or the life of your child.
Share a warm greeting with them in the grocery store or restaurant, drop a holiday card in the mail, or give them a call. This single act of kindness would mean the world to them and help solidify their sense of achievement as a public school employee.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more!