Not a good idea. I got a little too zealous after taking Max’s Bike Philly pledge. Yes, I will not bike on sidewalks and utilize public transportation over cars HOWEVER riding on Gray’s Ferry Bridge was frightening. I had to coerce myself not to stop halfway through as I saw a body of water out of the corner of my eye. I do love whoever decided to have a bike lane on that highway though, gosh bless you. Even though I hope one day that there are raised dividers to keep drivers out of biking lanes. I have a lot of respect for people who bike across the country ON HIGHWAYS (like “Just Cycle”, these ladies I met at BikePhilly who biked across. the. country).
That being said, it has been a good week. A few culinary mishaps in the kitchen but there is teamwork here so all is good (our smoke alarm works. I’ll leave it at that). Work is moving along, I enjoy being in a high school, even though I look like I am a student. I sometimes feel like an undercover agent, sitting quietly and watching the students interact. Today we had our first fire drill, it was weird not having to go to a class and stand in silence to be counted. Ah the freedom!
I’m meeting more and more students each day. Some feel more comfortable with me than others, as is to be expected. As more and more activities come up and I try to find students who might be interested, I’m finding myself leaning towards a group of students who have distinguished themselves as leaders. I’m trying to fight this trend because I remember what it was like to be that high schooler/college student who sometimes felt stretched too thin because of all the activities thrown her/his way. It’s important for me to remember this moving forward.
Today I had a discussion that made me feel like I was in an affinity group back at Haverford. One student was describing someone as an oreo and I pushed the student to unpack what that meant. I asked the student what being white meant, and conversely what not being white meant. I tried to get the student to explain how the description was being used, in a negative or positive way. The student wasn’t sure how to reply and seemed engaged in the question. If someone mentions “good hair” in the future, we will have another dialogue! It’s important for all of us to unpack our phrases and try to understand what we’re saying and the implications that go along with them. The way I see it, it’s all part of a socially just and peaceful world. And bam, isn’t that the theme of the school?
Next week I head out on a weeklong trip to the woods, canoeing time. Phew. All I hope is that my canoe does not flip over and no bears find their way into my tent. I’m a simple lady.
Until next time,