Saturday, September 21, 2013

2nd Grade Saddness :(

I've gotta get this boy some help.

We were discussing self respect and how you have to accept who you are and do your best and how life has its ups and downs and you gotta keep a positive attitude and keep trying...and one of the 2nd grade boys said,  "My life rarely has ups."  His voice was really heartbreaking.

Wow.  We all tried to point out good things in his life, and even talked about another kid on campus who is IN A WHEEL CHAIR!

When I asked him what was the worst part about his life, he couldn't think of anything.

Or didn't want to say.


J said...

That is sad. When he managed to be brave enough to share his life with you, he was smothered (most likely) with other people's opinions about how good his life is, particularly not being bound to a wheel chair.

I am not surprised that he could not risk answering your last question.

I have been reading your blog for a long time and I am still a little stunned at this posting. Frankly, this does not sound like you in the least. Very sad.

Mr.Bowers said...

Yeah, I was taken off gaurd by him, because I have known him to be a fairly happy child for the past two years. I am always trying to find the positive in situations and do feel like no matter how bad things are, you can always find someone who has it worse off than you. I guess that's a flaw, but I see it as a positive. We can always choose our attitude. I try to do my best with these kids, but I am no therapist. Suggestins?

J said...

No suggestions, and I do not see it as a flaw. I guess it is just that it was so unexpected.

Mr.Bowers said...

I'm glad you comnmented on my blog. Your response helps me remember to listen to the kids and not just throw out suggestions for them. I have to remember that every situation is different and these kids come from different homes and backgrounds. Thanks for helping!

J said...

I am glad that you shared that experience. Truth is that not just anyone would be willing to be so honest. And, I think that it struck such a note for me because I need to be as careful in my own work, which is with adults, and certainly no easier or less fraught with opportunities to be less than attentive.