07 February 2020

I'd like to buy the world a Snickers

This tweet from today's date is a good reminder to me about this time of year:

I don't know if it's just the doldrums of winter, the sapping of one's energy as you try to get a whole new semester up and running, or that the fresh new car smell that we started the year with has now worn off.

There are some cranky people I don't mind. For example, if an upset parent calls me and the problem is nothing I own, it's okay. I will listen and then try to direct them to a path to solving it. I do not have sympathy, however, for people who are stewing in their own juices. If you failed to make a plan and now you want the rest of the world to feel sorry for you or fix it all while you pout, then you can count me out.

But whatever the situation, I try to take a deep breath and remember that this is the lowest point of the school year for a lot of people—staff, students, and parents alike. I try to give them (and myself) some grace. I hope that wherever you are, you are doing so, too.

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