This solidarity was also seen in my personal YAV world this week when the YMCA put on their annual Corporate Cup on November 14. This is a 5K that is a “Second Line for Literacy” which is focused on supporting my students directly. I was given many daunting tasks for the day, one of which was arriving at 6:30am, and the second was giving the opening prayer before the race. I was truly honored in this role because I felt that I was fully contributing to the staff; however, as I saw the news coverage the night before the race, I also knew that it might be my job to focus and unite the runners on the cause. To me, running the race is not just about fitness goals and enjoying time with friends and loved ones; running for the YMCA is a commitment to the community to make it a better place. This commitment doesn't have to be in a teacher role like mine, it can simply be showing up and showing support for an organization that is working to better the lives of hundreds of adults in the New Orleans community.
We had 1500 runners that Saturday morning; my boss later told me that was the largest group we had. To me, no matter what trouble or issue arises, the knowledge that there are those who will support you and help you through is the most important. It can be seen through nations and societies supporting countries who have been emotionally and physically rocked by violence in the last week. However, it can also be seen in a community committed to helping each other learn, grow, and survive.
The song I chose this week comes on in my car every once in a while and gives me hope. “Just Give It Time” by Jon McLaughlin. I hope it gives you some hope too.