Celebrating Words that Heal: Here We Go

Celebratory moments sprinkle here and there throughout each day. And lucky me, students are generous in their offerings.

I love this book.
Can we get the next in the series?
Thank you.
Why didn’t we have poetry this week?
I have a passion for writing.
Ivan was a real gorilla?
I love this author.
Oh! I get it!
Can I help?

Words to treasure and celebrate. Bright spots are to build on.

One moment this week lingers. It weights heavy on my mind. Requires my attention.

Words fly.
And quiet is hard to find.
It’s physical.
Words fill spaces where questions lie.

When all have settled down there is a moment and
thought happens and
quiet descends and
muffles and
pushes
words
down
that want to wiggle free.

In that silence someone notices
Annie’s crying.
“Are you sick?” I ask. There have been fevers raging.
She tilts her head.
and whispers no.
Let’s go outside and quiet lingers.
Wondering respects her unknown pain.

What can it be?
Something said by friend or foe.
What word has hit and exposed her heart?
What happened?
The playground?
In class?
Who did this?
But no.

This pain is deep. Ages old.
Something she holds alone.
A broken family just poked her heart.
Somehow, some way
Words rose up and took her by surprise
in a classroom
one late Friday afternoon.

Annie leaves and words fill the space.
We wonder silently why.

We need words that heal. To counteract the words that sting, confuse, and worry. To lift us up.

Next week, I’ll pull out HERE WE GO by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. This book is crafted so perfectly. I want to give one to every teacher I know. I want to give one to every student I know. This week I celebrate planning next week.

Here’s to celebrating the week with Ruth Ayers on her blog Ruth Ayers Writes.

celebrate link up

8 thoughts on “Celebrating Words that Heal: Here We Go

  1. The emotions of our students tear at our heartstrings. It’s hard not to bring their heartache home with us. Love the simple, yet poignant poem.

  2. Love this glimpse of your week, the celebratory moments and the moment that lingers and needs attention. I love that you’re already planning healing words, words that lift for next week.

  3. There is that moment and I guess we all have them when something, some words, touch us or remind us of the sad part in our lives. I guess that’s what happened to Annie.You are so in tune to your students, Julieanne. I love that you are already preparing to help her.

  4. I like your line, “Wondering respects her unknown pain.” Sometimes, it’s hard to wait when we see hurt; we so want to alleviate pain, to fix it. May you have wisdom and insight as you nurture next week, Julieanne.

  5. This week I have seen several celebrations with poetry. You have artfully created your celebration. The carefully chosen words tell so much. Emotions are amplified in them. The balance of words and silence is delicate.

  6. I have also received Here We Go and am looking for ways to plan its use into my day. My heart aches for your little one and leaves me wondering just what happened.

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