As I sat in Chapel on my first day as a Saint, listening to the students sing out praises, I felt a sense of peace fill my entire body. I remember thinking how can anyone have a bad day here when every day starts out with “Here I am to Worship” or “Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord”. Fast forward thirty five days and I have the answer to my question; it’s not possible to have a bad day at All Saints’.
Not a day has passed that I have not been wholeheartedly welcomed by a student, a colleague, or a parent who is walking through the halls with a genuine smile on their face. What a blessing. I have been overwhelmed with the outpouring of appreciation that students, colleagues, and parents have shown me. Just last week, our PTO ensured that all the teachers were happy by providing us with delicious breakfast foods. A few weeks ago, parents showed up, one after another, to drop off food for the Lower School luncheon; some even stayed throughout the day to grill fresh burgers and fries for all the staff. Nothing says “thank you” like having parents who are willing to take time out of their own busy schedules in order to do something for the teachers that work with their children day in and day out. How can you not have a good day with such acts of gratitude?
Week after week, I have been greeted by new messages in my inbox- messages from parents who have taken the time to let me know that I am appreciated, that I am making a difference, and confirming that I am where I am supposed to be. How can I not have a good day knowing all of this?