December 9, 2016, Prescott- Acker Night, a fundraising event for the arts, in downtown Prescott, took place this evening. I went to my usual venues- Lifeways Bookstore, to hear a violin soloist, Whiskey Row Courtyard, to see a belly-dancing troupe (Mariachi background, rather than last year’s jazz accompaniment), Old Sage Books, to hear a delightful string ensemble, of five young women.
Before my little stroll, at a counter-side dinner, in Marino’s Mob Burger, I was joined by a woman who is a self-taught home remodeler and designer. She is re-working a home in Granite Dells, which she considers her dream home, after a few years of trial and disappointment, largely due to key people in her life not giving her due credit. This seems to happen a lot to people, especially women, whom I have met over the past five years.
It happened to Penny, too, before we met- and she proved her doubters wrong, time and again. My friends in this time of widowhood also keep their detractors off balance, through sheer constancy and determination. Overcoming others’ low expectations is not so hard. It is overcoming oneself that is the main barrier.
For my part, I am determined to see this academic year to a successful finish, in May, and see that each of our students is in the right environment for success. Not every child who is currently with us is in the optimum environment for meeting his needs, but this, too, becomes an opportunity to raise the bar of expectations, both with regard to the child and to the system.
I’ve sometimes underestimated myself, and had those low evaluations eagerly confirmed by those around, and above, me. Those days are gone. I hope they are gone for my friends, old and new, as well.