Yesterday, I received a comment on my blog from an Anonymous blogger, and I have been thinking a lot about it over the past 12 hours.
The blogger said, " Is your entire life just about a toddler and making crafts? Sister, put a little energy into society or the public good, okay?"
At first I was shocked...I have never received a comment like this before and I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to do with it, ignore it, respond, freak out? But after some pondering I decided to respond. I gently let the blogger know that I do in fact to something to help society and the public good. I am a professor at Johns Hopkins, where I teach the first and second year Teach for America teachers. But somehow this was not enough for me. I then began thinking that maybe this blogger had a point. Maybe I did need to involve myself in some more community activities, perhaps take A to visit a nursing home, or make something for less fortunate kids.
But after some more time thinking through ideas, I realized that I am very happy with the amount of community service I do on a daily basis. I have two amazing sisters, two parents who live in town, four wild and crazy nieces, a daughter, a husband, a handful of really close friends, a job, a love of crafting, a house on the market, a workout group, and another set of grandparents in Canada...all of whom I want to give my quality time to each day.
So in the end, the comment really just made me appreciate how fortunate I am to have such a great family, such close friends, and a life that I love living to the fullest for my daughter each day. Does this make me cold hearted and selfish...maybe...but my job right now is to love and support everyone I know, and introduce my daughter to every leaf, sunset, playground, and adventure that I possibly can.
I thought long and hard about going back to teaching elementary school when I had A and in the end I knew that I did not want to give my time to other children all day and be too tired for my own special little girl.
And that is my new plan...I am sorry homeless if I am neglecting you, and I promise I will spend more time volunteering in a few years, but right now I need to spend this time with my daughter, and my family, and make each moment as special as possible.
So thank you, Anonymous, for encouraging me to rethink my life and my priorities, and thank you for picking up my slack in the society.