All of my life, I guess I have bought into what this young girl told me. I have had this need to protect those around me, work as hard as I can to get things done regardless of the task, or even to come “save the day” when things were not going well. This feeling of responsibility has happened in sports, in my family life with my immediate family back in Texas, and in each role I have played as an educator. In other words, I think I have developed this “Superman Complex.”
When I got sick last week, I heard from so many people, especially my mother and my wife, “You’re not Superman!” “You need to rest and heal.” “Don’t worry; things at work will be well taken care of.”
I cannot believe how a small microorganism like bacteria, can knock me back down to earth. Everyone, including Superman, has a weakness. More importantly, everyone, including Superman needs help and support from those around him. Over the past few days I have been calling on all of the tremendous educators with whom I work to do parts of my job for me. I have had to learn to trust them to do the job they are all very capable of doing, even in my absence. Knowing how much they support me and the belief they have in your children has allowed me to stay home being fully confident that all at school is going well.
More importantly, the numerous emails and phone calls I have received from all of you and numerous students and Faculty have helped me to feel better. The road to recovery has been slow, but with the support of my colleagues and friends, it has been manageable.
After all, if you know the Superman story, even he realized that one person cannot do everything. He helped to form the Justice League, a group of superheroes who worked together to save the world.
The Faculty at King are the other members of my Justice League. But really, in the end, I am not Superman. I am just a Head of Middle School who is able to do the job he can because of all of the wonderful people who surround him daily.
Thank you for all of your support over this past week. Happy Spring Break!!