In February of 2020, I used CNN 5 Things email in the classroom as a discussion piece and quick write warm-up. Coronavirus was something happening in a country on the other side of the world.
A month later, on March 11th, the Houston Rodeo canceled the rest of the season of concerts and carnival fun. Coronavirus was something happening in a country on the other side of the world… but the rodeo? Houston’s sacred spring event?
This is how I knew it was real. This is how I knew to be scared.
Last night, on March 1, I attended the rodeo with my teacher bestie who was gifted tickets to watch Keith Urban.
It was weird. It was funny. It felt good.
Below is a picture Ms. Garcia captured of me Googling “breakaway roping” because “WOW. That teacher life, Decker. You’re conducting RESEARCH at the rodeo?! The national rules of… Wow.”