I'm reading Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen. It is one of those books where I wonder if it is too old for my 6th graders. Can they handle it? Will they understand it? Am I giving them ideas they don't need to think about yet?
Wren is a girl who began experimenting with drugs and alcohol when she was a middle-schooler. She began running with the wrong crowd because they gave her some much-needed attention. Her parents know that she is heading down the wrong path and don't know what to do or how to help her. So they send her to a wilderness camp.
Tonight as I was reading, a line grabbed my heart.
"Sometimes it doesn't take much for what's dormant to bloom."
This line is filled with so much hope. I know it is a metaphor for Wren's life. She has been dormant for so long and needs someone to show her that her life can be beautiful.
I think about my former students who took the same path as Wren, who are living life a dormant stage.
I think about the students sitting in my classroom today. Do I have a Wren looking back at me? Or maybe avoiding looking at me?
If I place this book on my shelf, will it help someone to bloom?
I am not finished with the book yet, so I still have many questions.
But it doesn't take much for what's dormant to bloom.
...Maybe I will.