I have been moved to tears this week. Ok, ok, ya, I’m emotional. I cry about stuff sometimes. But this week was different.
On Sunday at about 7pm, I realized that I forgot my power cord to my laptop at school. When I went to pick it up, the first thing I saw was our new principal, Archie Lillico, on his knees in his work clothes, resealing our school sign while his daughter power-sanded it. When I got closer, I realized his wife was also there and she was planting flowers in the pots around our school that have remained empty for the last couple of years.
I went to my class and got my power cord and then I got back in my car and drove away. And I cried.
I cried because it has been a long time since someone has shown that kind of caring for Stony Plain Central School. I cried because I finally saw the outside of our building as a newcomer might see it, and it wasn’t impressive. I cried because not only was he doing something wonderful for SPC, but he was also showing me who he is as a parent, a husband, and a community member, and it WAS impressive. I cried because I felt relief, and happiness and “the winds of change”.