Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017.
For many years I taught 5th grade social studies, which included a unit on Civil Rights. It was my favorite unit to teach, mainly because of MLK. His insight and intelligence, his patience and nonviolent actions during such a tumultuous time was incredible. And educating children about him was an honor. To this day I keep several of his quotes in my classroom.
This one seems especially appropriate (& terrifying) given some upcoming events…. and the next 4 years.
And of course I would show my students the I Have a Dream speech… but my favorite is King’s last speech– the mountaintop.
Well, I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop.
Difficult days ahead. Yeah, I think we can all relate to that.
And I don’t mind.
Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I’m happy, tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!
Perhaps reviewing MLK’s words will help us all remember that during the darkest days, stars shine brighter.
Today I hosted a LulaRoe pop up sale in my home. If you do not know LulaRoe, but you love leggings- STOP right now, look them up, find a person that sells them and buy some immediately!! They are the softest, most comfortable leggings on the planet! They do not roll down at the waist like a lot do. Plus they have super fun prints.
I earned all of these free, plus 2 tops and a dress. I even got Miss Priss a pair of the kids leggings- she says, “I love my airplane leggings!”
I am a huge Harry Potter nerd. I proudly admit it.
Today I was reminded it has been 1 year since the passing of Alan Rickman. What an amazing actor. He could play the bad guy like no other, but by all accounts was nothing but a good guy in real life.
Severus Snape will forever be his legacy. I remember when I first heard he was cast for the role I thought, “Oh my God YES! PERFECT!” It was like the role had been written for him. And that was WAY before we knew the complexity of the Severus Snape character.
I came across this link today from The Huffington Post UK. If you are a Harry Potter/ Severus Snape fan, or an Alan Rickman fan, watch it.
I started the day watching a clip from The Tonight Show where Jimmy Fallon had people speak to a photo oh Michelle Obama- thanking her for all she’s done. But of course the surprise was Michelle Obama was behind a curtain and came out to hug and thank these people. It was so honest and wonderful that I immediately began to cry. Ugly cry.
In case you missed it– Thanks Michelle!
So then I see, briefly, the clip of President Obama surprising Joe Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cue the waterworks- both me and the Vice President!
I am going to miss these people. The intelligence. The class. The honest caring for others. I’ve never felt this emotional about “the changing of the guard.”