Updated: Jun 10, 2020
I have loved seeing your pictures and videos in your correspondence with teachers today! I am so proud of every part of our Bridge family as we walk through this together. It’s tough and writing the email last night left me feeling restless. I don’t know about you but I’m the kind of person who can make through just about anything if I have an end date on it. Changing that finish line that I have my eyes steadfastly fixed upon tends to deflate my spirit and leave me feeling unsettled. I have had all of you on my heart today. I have thought of students working at home and parents trying to homeschool kids and do their regular work at home and teachers at their computers trying to assess the needs of both their children’s heads and hearts. Today we find that we must go a little bit further. When I was a little girl my two girl cousins and me would go on a yearly “granddaughter vacation”. Most often it was a trip to The Great Smoky Mountains. We would load up with my Mamaw and Papaw and hit the road. My Papaw would give each of us a roll of nickels which was ours to keep and spend on our great adventure with one exception. Every time we asked, “Are we there yet?” or “How much longer?” we had to give up a nickel. Guess who never arrived at our destination with nickels.... You guessed it. I left home with the intention of keeping every single nickel so I could buy small treasures at the other end but my driving need to KNOW just when we would arrive could not be contained. Papaw would hold out his hand for a nickel but his answer was always the same, “Just a little bit further, Tambo” which really isn’t definitive at all. This is a new journey for all of us and we all yearn for the answer to “How much further?” But we find the answers aren’t very definitive, are they? In all this chaos and unrest, I am working hard to “fix my eyes on Jesus” because He absolutely does not change. I am thankful that all of you are the ones I am traveling with on this journey. I know you are a tenacious bunch who doesn’t give up. We are able to do hard things together. I think we can make it just a little bit further, don’t you?