Mine is purple, a hooded sweatshirt, and also has a small peace sign below the words. It’s a soft and warm sweatshirt, perfect for a below-zero bitter cold day.
And so it was that I was seated in the alcove next to our pharmacy awaiting at long last my annual influenza vaccine, alongside an elderly gentleman apparently awaiting the same. He asked me about the message displayed on my comfortable hoodie.
“Tea? Peach? What does that say?”
“Oh.” short pause “What does it mean?”
“It means teach people to get along with one another.” Phew, that was quick thinking.
“And so, um, what do you do?”
I wasn’t sure exactly what he meant, so I answered the question I hoped he’d asked.
“I teach middle school, so there are many opportunities to teach young people how to work together and be kind to each other.”
And before he could ask another question, the pharmacist arrived with her syringe and my paperwork. She slipped the needle into my upper arm with only the slightest of pokes – she knew what she was doing! – and away I went.
I came away with a feeling of relief that I’d finally been able to get the shot in the arm I needed to help me stay healthy. I’ll keep on washing my hands and taking other precautions to prevent these nasty viruses from entering my body. This visit was also a reminder that if I plan to wear my philosophies on my chest, I need to be ready to explain those philosophies. Wearing my “Teach Peace” sweatshirt today kept me physically warm and mentally sharp.
When school starts, I’ll be sure to follow through teaching kindness and peaceful behavior.