“It’s going to get better” I think I’ve said over 20xs in the last year. News flash…it’s not getting better. My light bulb moment was standing in the auto repair shop at 8:45 am watching the front desk mechanic man the phone like he was Lily Tomlin (sorry if you’re too old for that reference… google it, it’s hilarious). He remained friendly & calm as he organized the phone calls and smiled at another lady and I waiting our turn to pass over car keys to him for the day. I realized that he begins every day like this! Rarely do people actually make appointments to get their car checked. It’s usually unexpected repairs that are needed by grumpy customers. Paralleling that to child care… I know it’s a stretch stay with me…I thought what if I quit expending energy to trying to stop the “chaos” & realize this is how it will be from now on. There will always be late parent schedules, there will always be ill staff, and there will always be unexpected breakdowns of equipment and short government deadlines.
We are having our Annual Board meeting next Monday night and as I’ve done for the past 25 years I’m preparing a report to summarize last year. Traditionally it’s always been in a booklet form that I present orally (yes, it’s as boring as it sounds which is why we regularly have no audience for our report). This year I thought I’d present it in the form of photographs through PowerPoint. The process has been therapeutic. As I played the back ground music & flipped through the photos, I felt a lump in my throat. Not from the stress, but from the memories & pride. We lost a wonderful man Glen Desrosiers our book keeper in June. We said good bye to two veteran supervisors. We had incredible staff fun on our Early Childhood Educator (ECE) Superhero day, and staff Christmas party. We won Best Childcare in Chatham Kent, and hired some of the brightest educators and professionals in the field. As the Johnny Reid song faded into the distance I realized today is my better, today is the day, what am I doing to make it the best I can for the people who live, work and play here? This is my better. My now is my better.