(or when you’re over 40).
September has almost come to a close, and I had an excellent first month on the job at Cleveland. The days have gone by so quickly, and yesterday I was reminded that I had only one more day to learn all the names of the children in the school.
Did I do it?
Do I know all the names?
No. I failed. I did not achieve my goal. I have not memorized every name of every child in the school.
To the boys and girls of Cleveland, I am sorry if I still don’t know your name when I see you. I am sorry if I use the wrong name when you say “bonjour” in the hallway. I tried, and I did not succeed.
Am I disappointed that I do not know all your names? Yes
Will I give up? Never!
- Please! Keep coming up and testing to see if I know your name.
- Please! Keep coming up and sharing with me your name if I ask for help.
- Please! Keep coming up and asking about my tie.
I love talking to you.
Maybe I didn’t fail after all. Every day I get to talk to a fantastic group of children, and they are helping me learn.
How can that be failure?