Complex Times, Simple Lessons

This week’s eNewsletter feature
was written by Julie Ruchniewicz,
FPCE Parish Nurse.


My daughter, Kelly, teaches fifth grade at a charter school in Chicago. Just like her colleagues across the country, she is educating her students via Zoom. In case you haven’t heard about it, Zoom is a virtual mode of communication, that up (until 8 months ago) these children and many teachers, had never even heard of. Both the instructor and the student are used to introducing themselves, every year in September. As Kelly said, “I have never met these children in person, it’s so sad.”

The other day Kelly was working, via Zoom, for the afternoon, at our house. My first thought was that the voices of the children sounded so young and vulnerable over the computer. My second thought was how proud I was of the encouraging voice of my child, being heard in the homes of these eager scholars.

As Kelly was instructing her class, I also absorbed some unexpected simple lessons: