Twas the night before “book launch”, and all through my mind,
Thoughts of worry and fear were all I could find.
Everything in its place, Tweetdeck was loaded,
My heart skipped a beat and then it exploded.
I tried to lay down and snuggle my pup,
Her comfort is what always perked me up.
And Ellie in her spot, and I in mine,
We loved one another time after time.
When a thought hit me, like a snowball in the face,
I sprang from my couch and tried to find my place.
Away to the computer, I flew like a flash,
Threw open my PC, and clicked on the trash.
It was there that I knew what had sunk in my heart,
A doc that was not finished, rather just a start.
What to my wondering eyes would appear,
To the right a picture of someone, I hold dear.
With a shrug of my shoulders, and a long deep sigh,
It hit me in the heart, my reason, my why.
More rapid than ever, my reasons did come,
And I stopped, took pause, and counted one by one:
Now children! Now parents! Now colleagues and friends! For learning! For growth! For the whole child within. From Bet 1 to Bet 2! From Bet 3 and 4! My reason, my purpose is to open the doors!
I want them to open, open for all,
so that learning can happen in classrooms and halls.
Where children are thriving and leading the charge,
Where questions are welcomed and new ideas grow large.
And that’s when it hit me, my fear, where it had come,
From a place of three, not two, not one.
VULNERABILITY, RISK-TAKING and of course a CHANCE,
At rolling the dice on education at a glance.
This book has heart! The bets are daring!
The Jackpot is a win with an abundance of sharing!
Double Downs will push you
With every turn.
You will stop and reflect,
and hopefully, learn.
The Ante Up is just brilliant as they come far and near,
The leaders within education,
That lead, learn, and share!
Jacie, my super, colleague, and friend,
Has shown me a new way from beginning to end.
Her openness to push back,
Her gift of trust,
Her unwavering ability to learn is a must.
A snapshot of what she has given won’t compare,
To the impact she has had on the one over here.
I read it again, I looked up and down,
I pushed my PC closed and my thoughts ran around.
These terms, these ideas, the pushback, they win
Because tomorrow the world gets a look at “ALL IN”
Happy reading to all, and to all a good night!