Recovery Matters

So, I had surgery right before Christmas.  It wasn’t a small thing. It was a big thing, although not life threatening unless you consider it was surgery.  It was the kind of operation that was so necessary I couldn’t wait.  Necessary.

And it made me think

About a lot of things.

It made me think about all the things I take for granted . . . like driving, working. E-Mail, sitting down and getting dressed. When you can’t perform these very basic life functions, you have to reevaluate.

What matters?

Two things I knew were sure:  My kids matter. My work matters.


These two! Took great care with mom

346 students show up most every day to learn, grow, become.  17 teachers show up ready to listen to, care for and teach their students.  Hundreds of parents and caregivers plan their days around drop-offs and pick-ups and homework and they show up.

So, even though I struggled to show up. I did.

Because it turns out showing up matters too.

So I showed up for all the big stuff, and then I went home. Because I had to.

Nothing suffered. Parents stepped up. Teachers stepped up. They’re accustomed to doing so. This school is no stranger to physical issues.  Perhaps no school is.

Gratefully I had three full weeks to recover.  And it’s amazing how quiet things are at a school across winter break. And yet workers arrive, teachers want to come in, e-mail never ends.

Still. I was legit in recovery and grateful that mostly it was quiet. So by the time the new year arrived and it was time to return, I was ready.  Ready to greet them – the parents, the teachers and most importantly the students.

The reason remains. We’re here for the kids. For today, but also for tomorrow. For all of our tomorrows. That’s why we show up, no matter what. Because THEY matter.




About Be Strong. Be Courageous. Be You

Principal at the School at the north end of Los Angeles Harbor where AWESOME happens. Working to make the world a little more wonder-full.
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16 Responses to Recovery Matters

  1. Carol says:

    I think that’s my biggest strength in most areas of life- parenting, teaching, being a daughter. I show up, pretty much every day. Glad you are on the road to recovery!

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  2. Myrtice says:

    Very well said😊!! (Actually, very well written.).

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. It’s amazing what can be accomplished (and overcome!) when we show up! I’m glad so many people stepped up to make your recovery easier and that you’re feeling better. Hope all continues to go well.

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  4. Lisa says:

    YES! Just show up and figure it out from there. I find that a number of my students are starting with that big step these days. Hope you are recovering nicely now, several weeks out!

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  5. franmcveigh says:

    Hope you MAKE the time to recharge mentally as well! Permission to read for PLEASURE! Do something FUN! Finding the joy in life is also a part of showing up! Glad to hear you’re on the path back!

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  6. margaretsmn says:

    Sounds like your school supported you and stepped up when they needed to. Surgery is never simple. It’s surgery. I hope you continue to heal and find the good in every day.

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  7. Leigh Anne says:

    As mothers, wives, teachers…that is just what we do. So glad you are recovering so well.

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  8. Tara Smith says:

    Bravo for showing up, as always. And here’s to your recovery!

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  9. elsie says:

    You do learn what matters most when you have an issue, health or other. Hope recovery is proceeding as it should. Don’t rush it!

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