I need to make a vow not to let myself get worked up about the trivial issues that come up from day to day. Looking back on yesterday's post in light of today makes me realize that my life is not really difficult.
Why do I see that now and not last night? Today began calmly. I even got to sleep in a bit because Soccer Boy had a dentist appointment. I arrived at work about 9:00 a.m. Shortly after 10:00 a.m. one of our guidance counselors came in to tell me we had just been informed that one of our seniors committed suicide. Unfortunately, I have been involved in dealing with previous student suicides, but it hits me hard emotionally every time, even if, like this time, I do not know the student well. I spent an hour this morning going to the teachers who had the student or his brother in their classes and telling them personally. Then this afternoon we had an emergency faculty meeting to inform the staff and let them know how we would handle any students who are upset tomorrow and how they should answer questions from students. I think the saddest part of the whole thing is that we're not expecting a large number of students to seek counseling support....because this student didn't have many friends. It makes me cry just thinking about it.