Today, I resolved to unpack my boxes in my temporary office and put my things in order and get organized. I thought I needed my materials and stuff to be where I could get to them and use them so that I could feel on top of my responsibilities. I thought my things would make me feel capable of accomplishing the tasks ahead of me to get Pecan Trail established. As I was putting my things where they belonged I came across these hands that Bobby made one day at Kemp … when he was 16.
I remember that he had seen other elementary students doing this project and jumped right in without anyone asking or prompting. Seeing this 16 year old complete this along with elementary students reminded me that THIS 16 year old was still just a child that day. He wasn’t the impulsive, quick-tempered teenager so many of us too frequently treated him as. He was a child. The staff at Kemp chose to look further and to see that side of him. They treated him as the fun, intelligent child he truly was. For that, Bobby was grateful. So, today, as I unpacked my things to prepare for a new school, I am reminded by a 16 year old teen-aged child to also unpack all the relationships that have brought me to this point. I need to make sure these relationships that have given me so much are within my reach each day. It is the people and relationships that make the school, not the things.
Bobby Ray Perry and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe ... always reminding me that if we treat each other according to the possibility we see in one another, then that is who we will become. If we limit what we see, we limit what we all can be. Choose to see the potential, and that is what we can become. Thanks, Bobby. Ten years after you created these hands, you are still here to remind me of what is important. Thank you for supporting and believing in us when we didn’t always show you the same in return. This new school will be built on those experiences and we will make sure all students are loved as the children they are and loved for the potential that is waiting to be seen within them. What will I choose to keep within reach as I approach each task each day? My things or my relationships? Bobby's hands will be right there to remind me to make the right choice. Always.