I got a message from an old friend recently who teaches in Troy, and she asked if I’d be willing to come speak to her fifth graders as part of a journalism unit they are working on this fall. The answer was an immediate, “yes!” and was so excited for the opportunity to talk to some elementary school students about what I do. It might not seem like a very big deal, but giving advice to the youth of America, explaining your journey (without swearing) and trying to add some inspirational, motivational messaging into it is a tricky and very important task. I have so much respect for teachers that do this on a daily basis, especially after prepping for one singular morning in a fifth grade classroom.
But for real –it’s opportunities like these that make you think back and actually take a second to recognize a lot of the day-in-and-day-out work that frustrates you when you’re in the middle of it. We here at Two Buttons Deep do have a cool story to share (or at least other people think so), and seeing these bright little faces light up and have questions prepared about interviewing, college, or things we’re afraid of —it was a very cool experience.
The kids seemed attentive, had some really great “serious” questions and also made sure to ask us the stuff they really wanted to know, like what our favorite colors are, if we’ve ever been in a private jet, met Carrie Underwood, ya know the usual things that are top priority in the mind of an elementary schooler. But even amidst the studious, “How do you do it?” conversation and the silly little anecdotes, there were a few clear messages Jordan and I got across to the kids with the help of their fabulous teacher Miss Chieco, like: work hard and don’t be bothered if people along the way tell you your passions or ideas aren’t good ones, spread kindness and attract a positive kind of attention, focus on treating people well, and find something you really love to do and find a way to do it. Even at 26 years old, it was nice to be reminded of some of those simple lessons that can truly make an impact over the course of your lifetime.
Big shout out to PS 14 for hosting us today and letting us explain the most PG version possible of what it means to go Two Buttons Deep.