Walking Together

Photo taken by Orlova Maria

Photo taken by Orlova Maria

“If we hold hands that’ll be much better. Then I can’t lose you.”

Derek Harper—age four

These were the words uttered to me by my four-year old as we set out to find his sister in our game of hide and seek. I stopped immediately and wrote them down. Rather, I typed them on my iPad. There is no way that he could have possibly understood the power in the words he had just uttered.

Yet, I am finding more and more these days that the most powerful and poignant phrases I hear are coming from the mouths of children. I debated saving my son’s quote until the end of this piece. Really finish with a bang.

But I couldn’t wait.

They were so profound and resonated so deeply within me, that I decided to open with them.

Because I think that they apply to what we do each and every day. You see, the road that we must travel together is not always easy. In fact, it rarely is. But, it is important that we travel it. Together.

It is very easy to think that there are times that we can let go. But we mustn’t think this way. No matter how difficult it is to hold on. Because as my son so aptly put it, people can get lost. And they do. And they will. If we don’t continue to hold on tight.

This doesn’t mean that we can’t stretch our arms a bit. And it doesn’t mean that we can’t loosen our grip a tad. But the road that our students and our staff must travel on a daily basis is one that we have traveled before. So more often than not we know the way.

And in times when we find ourselves on unfamiliar roads. Well then, we will simply just have to learn the route together. But we can not choose to let go. We may bend, but we can not break.

Because there will come a time when. Whether we like it or not. We will have to hand-off. That will not be easy. But we will have taken enough walks. And we will have held hands long enough, that we will have shown them the way. So that they can take our place.

But until that day comes. We must remember what my son so innocently said to me during a simple game of hide and seek.

“If we hold hands that’ll be much better. Then I can’t lose you.”

Because the last thing we want to do is lose someone along the way. That is something we just can not ever afford to do.

∗Whether you are a fan of country music or not, please take the time to watch this powerful video that I think echoes what I have tried to articulate above.

4 thoughts on “Walking Together

  1. Jon,

    My favorite part was, “You see, the road that we must travel together is not always easy. In fact, it rarely is. But, it is important that we travel it. Together.”

    This applies to everyone. Companionship, Fellowship, Comraderie, Freindship, are all viewed as needs for people. Derek verbalized this need with you, and you acknowledged this.

    This piece also reiterates the strong need for relationships. To me, nothing matters more than relationships. Admin to teacher, teacher to student, school to families…relationships are at the core of all we do.

    Thanks for sharing, Jon.

    -Ben

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