I’m sitting here by the fire, eating my Bran Flakes and flax, staring across the lake into a completely white abyss. It’s still snowing and it’s just beautiful to look at…but I’m glad I’m inside!
One of my sixteen year old students from last year recently responded to a blog that I wrote on January 28th, entitled, “A Missed Opportunity”. Katie gave me permission to quote her on my blog. I thought you would appreciate her insightful comments.
“I have been reading your blog, actually.. I was just reading what you wrote yesterday about “a missed opportunity”. I found myself thinking the same thing yesterday as we went skating at Nathan Philips Square with the rest of the school. As we were walking there, there was this mass of jackets and assorted clothes with a pair of feet with socks on them sticking out at the intersection. All of us walked by and stopped at the light and we were whispering and looking at each other.. but once the light turned green we kept going. It was the same thing going back. I found myself wondering, should we have done something? And now that I think about it, it was absolutely freezing yesterday. A couple hours outside and my fingers and toes were hurting though I had a winter jacket on and everything. I bought tea from Tim’s just so I could hold the cup and bring some feeling back into my fingers.
What’s our reasoning for not helping? Sometimes I think we’re too comfortable and just kind of think in the back of our minds “it’s not relevant to me, so it’s not an immediate problem”.
You talked about how the woman you saw looked like “her circumstances were hopeless and empty”. When … 200 kids from a Christian school walk by you with their headphones in their ears, texting on their iPhones, gushing about how there’s a Starbucks with their overpriced coffee at the corner and going to have a good time skating with each other… it’s hard not to feel hopeless.”
Piercing, isn’t it?
I came across this anonymous quote yesterday – it seems so fitting.
“It’s no good to sit up and take notice if we just keep on sitting.”