Sometimes I do these really random posts when I don’t have enough bandwidth for a full post, but I have a lot on my mind.
I teach class in a part of town that is very diverse. We are in close proximity to a nationally known research university, Emory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and all of the organizations and entities that crop up nearby places like that. Consequently, I have a lot of people in my classes for whom English is not their first language. This presents all sorts of challenges, especially because I’ve been teaching there since the gym opened and it just dawned on me that a huge subset of the people who weren’t following along actually couldn’t understand me at all. Me repeating the same information over and over and louder doesn’t help.
Are you at a standstill with someone in your life? Are you sure you guys are speaking the same language?
Speaking of Emory, it’s where the patients with ebola are being treated. It’s just a block or so away from our house, and it’s impossible to miss the massive media encampment when we drive by the campus. The kids finally asked what was happening. (More specifically, they asked why there were trucks parked on the sidewalk.)
Having a conversation about ebola ranks among the toughest ones I’ve had with my kiddos to date. I wanted them to understand that they aren’t at risk, while also understanding what a big deal it is that Emory accepted these patients.
Speaking of Emory, I was employed there when the university went through a time of self-reflection and from that process, this vision statement emerged. I like to think that what we are seeing at Emory University Hospital this week is a manifestation of that “courageous leadership” for which the university stands.
I read that the caregivers in the hospital all volunteered for the job. One even postponed a vacation so she could serve the patients infected with ebola. I’m not sure I would be up for that task. What kinds of things would run through your mind if presented with that opportunity?
I should be folding the kids’ laundry right now.
There is no higher meaning there. (But really, I need to go.)