Words are Gifts

Today, One day

All lined up, we waited patiently to be called. In line we had muffled chats that we strained to hear.

As some of us had not seen each other for almost a year, we could not wait to chat, properly. We were made to sit a meter or so apart, whilst waiting after the test. How could we converse with our masks, masking our shrill voices?

Chairs had been arranged like a chess board with spaces between boxes. Our hidden smiles spewed into our eyes.

It felt like the first day of school, but this time we had been summoned for a different but important undertaking.

I met ‘strangers”, colleagues, for the first time, I’m sure they were smiling at me as I was too. Maybe our hand gestures would suffice.

We have a tradition of welcoming new friends to our international school community. It’s all different now, there are opportunities to meet online but it is no where near adequate.

One day… it’ll all be different.


9 responses to “Today, One day”

  1. Indeed….one day, it will be different. Thank you for your thoughts.

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    Leigh Anne Eck

    The smile behind the mask is so important and how we have learned that it is a smile by just looking at the eyes. And yes, one day…hopefully soon.

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  3. Isn’t it amazing how we find new ways to greet people when our smiles can’t be seen? I think that when the day comes that we can remove our masks, our eyes will still smile.


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  4. The image of the chess board is so spot on. I love that description. I cannot wait until a time when I can actually meet the people I work with at my new school. The social distancing, while necessary, is so difficult at times like these when you would just rather give everyone a hug and a welcome into your world.

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  5. Yes, we’ll get to that different space. One day. I like the double use of masks and the meanings behind them.

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  6. Our hidden smiles spewed into our eyes.

    We all know what this means now. How true it is.

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  7. Juliette – This was my favorite sentence: Our hidden smiles spewed into our eyes. What a great verb. Our eyes have had to do the work of our other facial features. I sometimes wonder if mine are saying what I want them to.

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  8. Juliette! This is a beauty. I can see you aligned, like a perfect array. I have questions about the ‘test’ and the ‘colleagues’, hope your next posts give more light to this thread.

    So honoured to be writing alongside you here again! 🙂

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  9. Juliette! You left me wanting more. Oh, your words!! “Maybe our hand gestures would suffice.” Each word drips with meaning. I’m new to SOL and so glad I joined! Thank you for sharing. Xx Nawal

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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