As we prepared our first school visit since March 2020, we experienced the full spectrum of emotions at once: excitement, relief, hope, trepidation, curiosity. Will the car start after sitting for almost a year!
We are thrilled to travel to these students who are suffering from anxiety, struggling with the unknown and fearful to go back to school. We travel to give them a bit of respite and hope. We travel to share in their experience. To provide a safety net, and a bit of normalcy with rescue pups. To create a simple circle where they can talk about their feelings, and listen to others who share the same experience. They learn they are not alone. Together, in sharing stories, they discover commonality.
I am continually gob-smacked at the profoundness a puppy brings to a building when we visit a school or library. We expect that the students will be happy and excited to see our rescued Mutt-i-grees. What is a continued surprise is the excitement felt through the entire building…It brings not only joy, but hope. That longed for human connection we took for granted.
The visits are as wonderful for us, as it is for the school. They’re at the door waiting to greet each time. I will never ever forget. It is a picture forever instilled in my brain. As we walked through the door shouts of glee and tears of relief filled the room. Happiness. This pandemic has not only taught us how to create, but has reminded us of how important each and every person that touches our lives is significant. Impactful.
This is a baby step of many more to come down this untraveled path. We are happy we are not going it alone. We have you. You have us. We are together. We will hold each other up for health, happiness and success. We are back!