Monday, March 13, 2017
Make the Most of Your Time Here 13/31 #sol17
Tonight, I happened to be scrolling through my Facebook feed and a post by a friend of mine caught my eye. It was an article from the NY Times written by one of my favorite authors and filmmakers. And the status update that my friend had written caught me off guard. She talked about being sad to learn that Amy Krouse Rosenthal had passed away. I thought...this can't be true.
A quick search led me to her obituary. At 51, she had passed away today, after losing her battle against ovarian cancer. How could this be? It's not fair. Amy has been someone who I have admired. She is an author of so many children's books that I love and share with adults and students all the time. A copy of her book I Wish You More is sitting in one of the bins on my shelf in my office; I keep it as the first book in the bin because I love it so much and I want others to see it and love it too.
This can't be true. This amazingly creative and thought-provoking being can't be gone. She was such a bright light in an often dark world. And now, that light has gone out? No, I don't want to accept that. Cancer sucks.
After learning the news, I immediately went to her website, a site that I have referred my teachers to before. In fact, I used one of her awesome video projects, The Wisdom Project, to start one of my first staff meetings this year. My theme for our building was about bringing the joy and Amy seemed to have been making a career out of finding, sharing, bringing, and expressing joy.
With tears in my eyes, I watched her Ted Talk. Her talk about the "7 notes on life" is inspiring, and her final message from that talk? Make the most of your time here. I want to believe that Amy absolutely made the most of her time here. I just wish she had more time here.
Thank you Amy for wishing us more ups than downs. I hope that you had more ups than downs. I hope that you had way more hugs than ughs. I wish I could have wished you more time here. Because you were definitely everything we could have wished for and more.