Back in elementary school to vote last Tuesday. Veterans’ Memorial Elementary School, my polling place in Gloucester.
The PTA’s usual bake-sale table reminded me that the land of the free, includes gluten free and sugar free.
On the way out, I noticed the school’s mission, partially hidden by the American flag:
“All children and adults at Veterans’ Memorial School are special. We respect each other. We know that everyone’s minds, feelings and bodies are important and we treat them with respect. We believe in ourselves and work hard everyday to become stronger and smarter. We feel proud and confident. We love to learn and we always will. It is important for us to be honest, to care about each other, and to help everyone in our school to learn every day.”
Across the hall, the bulletin board displayed EVERYONE READS AT HOME: Moms, Dads, Kids, Aunts, Uncles, Grandpas, Brothers and Sisters, and Grandmas. Envelopes held Family Reading Logs..three choices, representing this diverse town in which I dwell happily: English, Espanol and Portugues.
“The land of the free and the home of the brave.”
This will be tested in the months ahead, as we who live in this country, adjust, resist, celebrate, or resent changes inherent in new leadership, especially following such a polarizing political campaign.
“In God We Trust.”
Took out the Bible, given to Jud and me by my Norwegian grandparents. Inside, Bestemor inscribed their testimony from Psalm 48:14,”For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death.”
Not everything’s up for rerouting.
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