I knew why I added that Valentine be my Alentine I’ll give ya the V later shirt. It was because of one of my former special education students who got in trouble on the bus every single morning. Needless to say, this was not the ideal way for a child with anger issues to start his day. The minute the bus driver would begin the long list of infractions, my student would lash out. Sometimes he’d run. Sometimes he’d hit. One day after a particularly bad bus ride, I pulled the young man aside and said, I know what it takes to get to school each day. I know you don’t have much help and things are not easy at home. So when I see you come off the bus, I rejoice. I say to myself: He’s here!
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He made it. That’s when I saw a look of Valentine be my Alentine I’ll give ya the V later shirt. I don’t think anyone had ever acknowledged the significance of him showing up. This is what I think about when I’m having a particularly rough season and my critic is loud. I remember that special young man and the power of noticing any and all good even if it’s just showing up. It’s only been five days of making a concerted effort to notice any and all positives in myself after a critical period, but with each recognition, I feel a change happening. My inner dialogue is slowly sounding less judgmental and more celebratory. With each small celebration, I feel more peaceful more hopeful and more like the person and parent, I want to be.