Tuesday, March 12, 2024

looking up

At the beginning of class, I make space for students to share what they're presenting/performing/playing and send shout-outs to classmates. Today, one of them mentioned that I would be on the panel for the Gaza teach-in on Monday and said it was a shout-out to me. It was such a small thing, but I felt so seen and supported. 

I also spent time today answering questions for an article on the "uncommitted" vote movement for the student newspaper. Students have been wonderful allies, and their idealism and outrage have helped me feel hopeful for the world. I'm convinced the push by our elderly lawmakers to ban TikTok is because that platform bypasses the hangups and hurdles of legacy media and makes it easy for young people to inform and organize amongst themselves.

Pic: Random, ultra-bright, volunteer crocuses that showed up on our driveway this morning. 

6 comments:

StephLove said...

That was nice of your student.

Volunteer flowers are the best. I have a couple small stands of daffodils in the back yard I believe a squirrel relocated there. I use it as a cutting garden so I have daffodils on my desk all through March. The ones in the front yard, which I planted, are more visible to the general public so they stay put.

Nicole said...

What a lovely thing for your student to say.
I love volunteer flowers. Years ago I bought purple pansies from a friend, who was selling them in memory of her father. Pansies are annuals in Calgary. But those flowers reseeded themselves and actually came up for years afterward!

maya said...

I love the stories of volunteer flowers! Thank you, Steph and Nicole!

Gillian said...

Nice.

NGS said...

Our first daffodil bloomed! I think it's too early, but I was quite pumped to see it out.

maya said...

I haven't seen daffs yet--I'd love to!

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