CHANGEd 60-60-60: MAKING THE DAYS COUNT

Thinking about What if instead of counting the days, we made the days count? 60-60-60 #37 and reflecting…

Making the days count. I know that I often need a reminder of this — too easily I find that I am counting days instead of making days count. Trinity lost an important member of our community last week — Dr. Alicia Andreou, Associate Head of School, passed away on Wednesday evening after a heroic battle with cancer. Almost immediately after reading this post, I thought first of Alicia and then of a poem I was given a number of years ago when I was a counselor at a summer sports camp. Although I don’t remember the author, I have memorized the first two stanzas.

Little eyes are watching you                                        Little hands are fast at work
Each and every day,                                                    Doing what you do,
And little ears are listening too                                   And a little mind is dreaming
Every word you say.                                                    To grow up just like you.

It is so important that we model what we expect of our students in a transparent way. If we want them to make the days count, then we must watch what we say and do — because our words and actions become our students’ words and  actions. Alicia was at work just three weeks ago. She made her days count, both personally and professionally, and she served as an example to our children and to all of the adults in our community. One of our young teachers shared this reflection on Alicia’s memorial page and it’s a perfect reminder of the effect that one person can have. Alicia’s life was a testament to making each day count. May we all strive to live up to her example.

I had deep respect and admiration for Alicia. She was a solid example of the woman I hope to become — hard-working, never complaining, always putting others in front of herself. One of my favorite “Alicia moments” was on Thursday night at Jekyll Island. The teachers were showering up and talking about the excitement to go home on Friday. Alicia said, “I’m always sad on Thursday nights, because it means the trip is almost over.” She truly loved being outside with children. Though she was in the middle of painful treatment, she was a bundle of endless energy and excitement. A perfect example of “living in the moment,” Alicia found joy in every situation — never wishing it away. I cannot count the times I came home and said to my husband, “Wow, Alicia just needs to write a book about her perspective on life.” On a daily basis she inspired me with her optimism, care, and drive to push forward professionally. So often I would visit Alicia to talk about a teaching initiative or professional goal, and in the midst of her busy schedule Alicia always took time to ask about me and how I was doing. She epitomized selflessness and humility. I am honored to have worked with such a remarkable woman; she has had a profound impact on how I view the world and my time here.

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