In the Wake of Tragedy, Thank a Teacher

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As the ripple of sorrow went through our souls on Friday, most of us could only ask “Why.” Why would someone feel the need to murder children? Why were they taken from this world so soon? Why would a Mother be fated to die by her own son’s hands? Why would teachers need to take on the task of life-savers within an elementary school, of all places. Why.

As the “whys” swam through my mind, I sense my panic rising. My PTSD was daring to show it’s ugly face and I couldn’t handle having my children seeing me in that debilitating roll. By 2pm, all I wanted was my son to get home from school so I could hug him and never let him leave my sight again. So I could silently cry in the dark of our living room, while we all cuddled and watched a Disney movie. I got to do just that and around 7:30, my mind and body was so exhausted from the day that I went to sleep. 

The next day I couldn’t help but watch the news and see the many stories of the teachers that saved young lives while risking their own. They were the definition of protector, and I remembered all of the teachers, whether they were mine or my son’s, who have changed our lives. I dedicate this video to them. Please watch; it’s not long, but it’s very meaningful to me.

As I leave you today, keep this in mind: the world can still be a beautiful place. It can. We can make it so. Mark Ehrmann said it best in “Desiderata”:

Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.

With all it’s sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

—Please take a moment on December 17th to thank a teacher. Whether it’s by way of a bouquet of flowers, a card, or even a hug, let them know how you feel.

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About Amiyrah

My name is Amiyrah and I'm an an African American fashion & lifestyle blogger based in Ohio.

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  1. 12.17.12

    It was a horrible tragedy and my heart is with that community.

  2. 12.17.12
    Angela said:

    This is such a special post. I will be sure to thank the teachers I know today.

  3. 12.17.12

    I wanted to be a teacher when I was younger. I think teachers are underpaid and under appreciated. My son’s teachers work so hard with him. We have noticed a huge difference with him over the last few years.

  4. 12.17.12

    I will be forever thankful for all that my children’s teachers have done and continue to do for them!

  5. 12.17.12

    Such a great idea. This whole tragedy has taken a toll on us all.

  6. 12.17.12

    Great dedication. Going to learn more about about the campaign now. Thanks!

  7. 12.18.12
    Angie said:

    I would also like to thank the teachers who encouraged you to write. You have a gift and I thank you for sharing it with us

  8. 12.19.12

    Yes, the role of protector. How heartbreakingly beautiful those heroes of Sandy Hook are/were.

    We thanked our teachers today with coffee giftcards. Just a note saying, Thank you.