It is a dark, rainy Saturday morning here in the San Joaquin Valley. Just three weeks till Christmas. Four weeks of 2022 left on the calendar. Yet, I feel a lot must still be accomplished before turning that last month’s page and starting anew.
Today, on rain soaked roads, we will travel across the city to what feels like another city or state or world. The teddy bears for the first graders have arrived at the home of the man in charge of the school resiliency coaches so we will congregate there to pick up our students’ bears. In my case, 90 bears.
Although I love to see the children’s faces when they receive their bear, and hear their stories over the years of how much the bear has meant to them, it is a huge amount of work. Work that is totally unseen. I know this and feel this to my core, any time I see news of toy drives, food giveaways, meals for the homeless and the hungry. It is a huge amount of work to make that happen. The people who accomplish the task make it look easy, but it is not. So, if you know someone involved in such a project, please do all you can to support their work.