I had my first school visit on Friday after 25 months of virtual events. There is nothing more gratifying to connect with children in person. I loved reading Aliana Reaches for the Moon to each group, seeing their faces (some in masks, some not) during the story and hearing their reactions during and after the story. This will NEVER get old. I loved that so many had preordered the book for me to sign. And I loved the opportunity to share writing workshops with 3 different groups.
I’d like to add, as a former elementary teacher, there is magic that happens in a classroom. I witnessed it every day. Recently, we’ve expected teachers to adapt to virtual instruction, come back to the classroom with all the health risks involved, and face continued disrespect for the profession in general. This week is ‘Teacher Appreciation Week’ but it should be a mindset all year, not a week.