This has been an eventful week.

I watched teachers work with their students both online and in-person, using every ounce of energy to engage and motivate. I am humbled by their persistence and determination despite this year’s challenging circumstances.

I was inspired by students in a grade 5/6 classroom who are facing the unexpected, devastating loss of their teacher. Their courage, compassion, and candor are an example to all those they encounter.

I sighed with relief upon hearing the news of Joe Biden’s victory. It signals a return to human decency and truth in a world where character matters, words matter.

I listened to Kamala Harris say, “While I may be the first woman in this office I will not be the last, because every little girl watching tonight sees that this is a country of possibilities.”

For me, the common thread of these events: hope.

Joe Biden often quotes the poetry of Seamus Heaney and The Cure at Troy is among his favourites. This stanza resonates today:

“History says don’t hope
On this side of the grave.
But then, once in a lifetime
The longed for tidal wave
Of justice can rise up
And hope and history rhyme.”

Listen to President-Elect Biden read the entire poem here.

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