The end of every year is always bittersweet but I always choose to focus on the *sweet* part, also known as summer vaca knocking on my door!! But today, at our last staff meeting of the year, my principal had us all sit in a circle. Then she told us to think of that kid you had this year whose life you know you made an impact on. So we did. Simple enough, right? But then she told us she wanted us to take turns standing up and when we stand say, “I stand for _____________ because….”And one at a time we dutifully stood up around the room and shared which child in our building we were standing for this afternoon and why. When it was my turn to stand I started to speak and about 6 words in I got all choked up and I ended up having to cut my piece short because the more I tried to say the faster those tears seemed to come. I felt like such a goober because I was the first one to cry. But I must have encouraged the other blubber balls in the room to say their piece because after I stood up people seemed to follow the trend. I silently thanked every one of them for not making me the only one to go there!!