All Because You Matter

October 13, 2020 in Blog - boundbythebook

You see a traffic light and whatโ€™s your first thought? Be honest.

โ€œIโ€™m already running late!โ€
โ€œUgh, why is it always me?โ€
โ€œWell now I wonโ€™t have time to stop for that coffee I so need..โ€

I see a traffic light and all I see is red but all I hear is โ€œGo, go, GO.โ€ Traffic lights truly feel like theyโ€™re meant just to make us late and piss us off. Or if you live in Texas, they make you late and more likely to get stopped by a passing train. But what happens in all the seeing red and hearing go is dissonance. Thatโ€™s whatโ€™s been happening to me for awhile. My body is pleading, โ€œStopโ€ while my brain keeps shouting, โ€œGo!โ€

Let’s Rewind

Back in June, July, or maybe even August (again, ๐Ÿšฅ scenario), @rebecca_serle posted (and Iโ€™m going to try to summarize) about increasing the diversity of books available to kiddos in schools. More black characters, more #ownstories from #ownvoices. She worked to connect us teachers to make this happen because it NEEDS to happen. These babies need to see themselves represented and hear stories relevant to them. So I connected with her, eager to increase this momentum and make a change, however small in my school.

Let’s Fast Forward

Itโ€™s October. The pandemic is in our schools, weโ€™ve lost teachers to retirement, some resigned, and others got sick and literally left this world.

With all of this on our minds and hearts daily, typical life events donโ€™t pause. Iโ€™ve been wrapped up so tightly in a stress ball, so overwhelmed and overworked with all things life and the constant threat and devastation of COVID-19. My body and brain: ๐Ÿšฅ

I say all of this to say this: @rebecca_serle, this book could not have come on a better day than today. My brain stopped, as my bodyโ€™s been pleading. Opening this book stopped me in my haste. @tamiwrites, you gave us something special. Something to hand to our students and tell them, โ€œYOU matter. You always have, you always will and this is why.โ€ Something that symbolizes love & hope and makes real the words within it.

Thank you both for helping my brain and my heart correct themselves and stop long enough to remember my purpose.


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The Mother-in-Law
Feels Like Falling
You and Me and Us
In Five Years
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A Conspiracy of Bones
The Tenant
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Lying in Wait and Other True Cases
You Are Not Alone
American Predator: The Hunt for the Most Meticulous Serial Killer of the 21st Century
The Sun Down Motel
Morgue: A Life in Death
Dead Men Do Tell Tales: The Strange and Fascinating Cases of a Forensic Anthropologist
Blood On the Table: The Greatest Cases of New York City's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner
A History of Modern Psychology
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