All of us get down now and then. It’s just a natural part of being alive. I think that schools sometimes have a way of bringing teachers down though, down in a way that can be profound. Why? Maybe because the pain isn’t really just about your own life but it’s the pain you see in the lives of kids — pain you work so hard to shelter young people from but at the end of the day, you just can’t. There are too many of them and too few of us and we all know how badly we are up against it in terms of time, resources, support, and so on.
And then, just when glum seems like it can turn to morose (for reasons that need know specificity; all educators ride an emotional roller coaster every year and none of us are immune. Not even us almost chronically optimistic folks) something comes your way which reminds you why life is amazing and schools are even amazing-er.