(134) Heroes

I see this Royal Poinciana every day when I arrive at work.  It is so brilliantly beautiful and the sun shines on it just right.  Today it went with these words from David Bowie:

I can remember

Standing by the wall

And the guns shot above our heads

and we kissed,

as though nothing could fall

And the shame was on the other side

Oh we can beat them, for ever and ever

Then we could be Heroes

Just for one day.

I had heard this song while driving to work, and when I connected the lyrics to that stunning red tree I knew once again that those of us who live in the realities of public education are Heroes. Sometimes it does feel like we are shot at, but when we are with our students doing great work, it is like a kiss. Just like the tree, we stand brilliant and strong. We know the shame is on the other side.  And I pray that someday they will own it.


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