Here’s a little food for thought for this morning.
My take away from these past nine days.
This past week I saw several posts on Facebook from those complaining and choosing to boycot Ted’s Cafe Escondido for feeding 10,000 tacos to the walkout teachers in Oklahoma City rather than thanking them for the generous gesture of support. They stated the food should have been given to the students.
To those of you that are unaware, our children are our primary concern. First and foremost. They always have been, and they always will be.
Resources were set into place long before teachers walked out to make sure that our students were fed the breakfast and lunch hot meals that they had been receiving and would be receiving if we were still present in the classrooms. Resources were all put into place to help the teachers and support staff in need during the time of walkout as well. Gift cards were donated in droves from local churches to our support staff without pay.
Our sense of community is strong in this state. It’s too bad our legislators could not have been as creative in outsourcing their resources to help our community when it came to better funding for education.
Jesus himself tells us to feed his sheep. If we love him. It’s the right thing to do.
Monday, after nine days of walking out, TPS teachers will walk back in and be back in our schools where we can feed our own sheep. Tuesday our students will follow.
I look forward to the return of my flock.🐑🐑🐑
We may have lost the battle, but in many ways we won the war. We showed stubborn politicians what we are made of. That we may have been led back into our classrooms by our OEA leaders, but our voices will continue to be heard. We will not go quietly. November we vote. You’ll once again hear our voices then. We built priceless relationships with our fellow teachers these past few weeks, having the time to get to know them as we walked and rode buses. We showed our politicians that our community values teachers and education. They fed us, they walked with us, they prayed for us, and they spoke out in our favor.
We walk away with our heads held high for we’ve been fed. By the people of the state of Oklahoma, both physically and emotionally.
We will return to school and once again feed our students, physically with our free breakfast and lunch and snack programs, emotionally with our love and support, and intellectually with our teaching skills and curriculum.
Thank you to everyone that followed Jesus’s command, and fed his sheep these past nine days. We love you, and appreciate you more than you’ll ever know.
And I bet if you look really closely, you just might find a single drop of water on the cheek of The Guardian, perched atop our state capitol, as we, the Oklahoma teachers, retreat. Call it a rain drop if you will, but we’ll know differently.😓
The third time he said to him, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time do you love me. He said, “Lord, you know all things. You know I love you.” Jesus said, “feed my sheep.” John 21:17
Love and laughter,