Everyone Has a Backstory

Be it out in the open,

or shut behind closed doors,

We all have a story – one that defines

who we are

how we behave

the choices we make.

Sad and Lonely

When I looked inside one child’s story the other day

I saw sadness and grief.

And in another’s there was loneliness

And another’s revealed fear.

Behind the distant looks and inability to focus

was a need to be heard,

a longing for a hug.

Not everyone’s backstory is laden with love or wrapped in support.

You know what I mean.

So when you get frustrated with a child’s lack of this

or over use of that.


we all have a backstory.

Whether we dig it up or not

it’s there

and we must be respectful of it.

And of the child (or adult)

who has lived it.


In the spirit of poetry month, this post comes to you in poetic form.  It is a message to myself as much as to my readers.

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Article by Elizabeth Peterson

Elizabeth Peterson has devoted her life to education and to reaching out to other teachers who want to remain inspired. Mrs. Peterson teaches fourth grade in Amesbury, Massachusetts and is the host of www.theinspiredclassroom.com. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, “Arts and Learning” and a C.A.G.S. degree with a focus in “Arts Leadership and Learning.” Elizabeth is author of Inspired by Listening, a teacher resource book that includes a method of music integration she has developed and implemented into her own teaching. She teaches workshops and courses on the integration of the arts into the curriculum and organizes the annual summer Teacher Art Retreat. Mrs. Peterson believes there is a love of active, integrated learning in all children and from their enthusiasm, teachers can shape great opportunities to learn.
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  1. Kathleen says:

    This is so very true. We must be aware of this with everyone we encounter.

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