Teacher’s assess. That’s what they do. So here is my take away, my exit ticket, my assessment of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
When I arrived on Wednesday morning, we stood in line, and our belongings were searched, (That’s another story.) and we entered the Capitol building. Shortly after 9:00 a.m.
After a long bus ride on a school bus with no bathroom, the first thing we did was visit the restroom.
There was no toilet paper in the women’s restoom on the main floor of the Capitol building. Or paper towels. Just saying.
Toilet paper. Something most in America take for granted. Not on Wednesday. Not even one single roll or square to be found. It’s not like it were made of money.
But that was okay. That didn’t scare us away. We are teachers. We are used to using our own resources. We are good that way. We will bring our own from home, and not complain, because that’s what we do. Every day. In our classrooms. And those that have, share. They don’t hoard their personal stash.
Then we stood in the Rotunda with no assigned speaker of the house to lead us, yet we sang and chanted in perfect unity. For hours on end. Not one of us could be heard saying, “I don’t agree. That’s not the cheer I want to do. Let’s do it my way.” No bickering about personal agendas. We were there to do a job. We simply did it. Someone leads. The rest follow. People come and go. It does not disrupt our progress. We work together as one with common ground. We get the job done. We’re used to it. We have fixed minutes each day for everything we do. We know how to strategically pace ourselves. And we plan accordingly.
We are mature, educated adults that care for your children more hours each day than you do. We not only teach them core subjects, we know them. We love them. We teach them life lessons. We did the same for you!
Legislators, can’t you see? Can’t you follow the example of teachers? The ones that taught you? That you, too, who we elected to be working together for common ground, can make a difference with one voice?
That is my prayer. That you will hear us as one voice. And that you will listen to the one voice that we all should listen to, that voice inside you, your God. That you would hit your knees, and pray for divine guidance to make good decisions, to do the right thing for the children. Not for votes or perks or the personal lining of your pocketbooks.
When I return on Monday, you can bet this teacher’s purse will be packing, her own roll of Charmin. Just in case. Just saying.
i urge each of you that aren’t visiting the Capitol or aren’t teachers or legislators to call your legislators. Mine is Carol Bush in District 70. Tell them how you feel. That’s how you can truly help!
Here’s how you csn find yours.
Then scroll down to resources, then click on find your legislators. Then type in your zip code. It’s that easy.
Here’s to one mindedness, and to two ply toilet paper.
I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.
1 Corinthians 1:10
We want the love and laughter back in our classrooms,