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  1. Dwight Carter

    George,

    Thank you for your transparency. Your love for your family, your dad in particular, is admired. You have your priorities in order and I’m honored to know you.

    Be Great,

    Dwight

  2. rafranz davis

    In one post, I smiled, shed a tear and smiled again. It’s funny how the things that make no sense end up making the most sense. Thank you for sharing this with us George.

    I was in Maryland and caught a small glimpse of your brother as he was leaving. Obviously, we didn’t get to meet but I said prayers for you both that night. When I got to my room, I learned via twitter/facebook that my grandfather died. I talked to my dad, stayed in Maryland and kept it to myself. My dad insisted and my grandpa would not have had it any other way.

    I love that you were able to go back and experience San Francisco again and share it with us from a new perspective.

  3. Drew Frank

    George,
    Thank you for a beautiful sharing of yourself and your experience. Your post and the sentiment resonates so close to home with me. The summer after my 12th birthday I unexpectedly lost my father while at summer camp. While I did not know it at the time, and would not recognize it for many years, the amazing love and care showed to me by my counselors and the camp professionals is what I truly attribute to me deciding to dedicate my life to work with children. Every time I find my self in a camp setting, i feel a presence of my dad and the amazing people who so impacted my life.
    Thanks as always for your transparency and for sharing your story in a manner that not only speaks to your experience but enables myself and others to reflect on our own stories.
    Drew

  4. Amy Fadeji

    For the past few weeks, I’ve been looking forward to tomorrow, the day when George Couros comes to MCOE! I’ve taken a half day, invited some friends, and shamelessly invited you to an evening “lecture.” I had heard the story from some friends at MCOE about how you found out about your dad passing while in town and for some reason, it has sat pretty heavy on my heart since that day. Just by chance, I saw tonight that Drew Frank shared your blog and I thought, “Hmmmm, would probably be good to read up on this guy before tomorrow.” What I didn’t know is that I would be moved in such a way as I was when reading your blog. Little things. We should spend more time on those. The Golden Gate Bridge is one of those little things, it’s majesty and power is unfathomable. I’m glad you were able to experience that. The bridge and the strange little rock given to you by a lady whom I greatly admire. I’m glad you came back early George. I’m glad you spent time on that bike, on this day, with your dad. And I’m certainly glad I get to meet you tomorrow. Sleep well.

  5. Ted Graham

    Thank you for this post.

    For hours I have tried to come up with words to explain my response to this post. I don’t think my word can be accurate enough.

    Having lost my father (a long time ago, but still…) I relate to so much of what you said. Reading this post brought him to the front of my thoughts, and reminded me of how much his presence still surrounds me.

    I try to be the best person I can be and live a fulfilling life. I know that’s what he wanted, and his memory remains something I wish to honor.

    Thank you for allowing me another chance to reflect on this, because yes, all the little things matter….

  6. Patrick Larkin

    You never cease to amaze me (in the best possible ways)! You are not just a model as an educator, but you continually show me (and so many others) how important it is to share our humanity with others. Thanks for being you! :)

  7. SparkyTeaching

    “…that little thing, that made no sense, has helped me more than I
    could have ever imagined”

    Today I tweeted a quote by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle which says much the same thing: “It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”

    For all the blogs about lesson plan ideas and commentaries on the state of our education system, it’s ones like this that stand out, stay with us and can teach us the most… Thank you for taking the time and being honest enough to put this out there.

  8. Bill Ferriter

    Hey Pal,

    You’ll never stop seeing your dad in the world around you because you are a reflection of him. The impact that you have on others is an impact that he taught you to have — and their reactions to you are the same reactions that other people had towards him.

    That’s the cool part of being who we are. We are never our own man. We are a collection of the traits that our parents and the important people in our lives believed in — and made us believe in.

    Thinking of you.
    Bill

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