This spring, I changed the way I greet students at the beginning of each of my school presentations. It seemed necessary, and it seems even more so today.
Here’s what I say:
“My name is Chris Barton, and whoever *you* are… whatever your family looks like… wherever your parents, or your grandparents, or your great-great-great-great-great-great-grandparents are from… I am glad that *you* are here today with me.”
I miss giving kids that affirmation. I’m looking forward to getting back to it in September.