Have you ever created a time capsule, or were part of an event that opened a time capsule? If you could create a time capsule for March 2021 and have it opened 50 years later, what would those in the future mostly see? A mask, perhaps? Whoever signed up to be a student or teacher during a pandemic? Life can be difficult at times, but it doesn’t take much to dig into other events that would have been challenging for various reasons. What was life like for the Israelites being enslaved in Egypt? What a conundrum for Joseph as he found himself in a pit or thrown into jail years later for a crime he didn’t commit! What was life like for David running away from a king who wanted nothing more than to kill him? What about life as an Israelite wandering in the desert for 40 years? I am sure the characters involved in these situations were looking forward to the future, to a time when their present difficult situation would be over.
It has been about a year now since the Government of Ontario announced that there would be no in-class sessions for students for the remainder of the school year of 2020. And it has been about a month since the announcement to postpone Spring Break until April. Everyone is trying to make the best of the situation we find ourselves in. It is for this reason that the grade 7 class is calling next week Stay-cation Week and has planned that students come to school in destination t-shirt, or flip flops (with socks), or sunglasses, or sun hat, and a picture of a vacation spot. Let’s enjoy the at-school-March-Break next week and participate in Stay-cation Week. And when there is opportunity in the future for a real vacation, my hope is that you will savour the moment of that vacation with your family.