Connections

“I…
      I’m going…”

“I’m going to the dentist
      I…
          I have to go now”

With that, she turned away and walked down the hall

Six years old
A book bag as big as she was
Eyes peeking out between a fringe of bangs 

and a disposable mask
It’s February, 2021
It’s almost been a year

For the life of me
I don’t have a clue who she was
and she didn’t know me

But in that random meeting 
there in an elementary school hallway 
we needed a connection

She needed to tell me about herself
and I needed to hear it

Yet
Less than a minute earlier
I didn’t even know

12 thoughts on “Connections”

  1. Great post, Tim. Leads you on with the dialogue and kind of leaves you hanging and wondering at the end. We all need connections. Schools are great places to make them…especially between students and teachers. Did you ever notice that sometimes certain students just have an unexplainable affinity for you? I’ve noticed it and it always makes me happy I can provide some kind of connection!

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    1. Carol, we do need connections, and you’re right–schools are great places to make them. I have noticed the affinities you asked about, and have even felt them myself. They’re one of the best parts of being a teacher!

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    1. I understand what you mean. I’ve been a coach for the last four years and look forward to getting back in the classroom next year. I miss the connections!

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  2. “She needed to tell me about herself/and I needed to hear it.”

    Lovely. So many things in the last year that we didn’t know we needed until the moment we were given them as a gift.

    Thanks for this, Tim!

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