At the end of the road
on my way home from work
this is what I see.

A silhouette against the setting sun.
Dark against light.
A daily reminder of life and hope.
There is always hope.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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108 Responses to Hope

  1. Norah says:

    Beautiful reflection.

  2. Kavi Arasu says:

    True words! Hope is one thing that keeps people running despite all sufferings.

  3. quiall says:

    Mother nature composes pictures just for us. And she is brilliant at it.

  4. Darlene says:

    Yes, there is always hope!

  5. beautiful image both in words and photo. hope all is well with you

  6. beetleypete says:

    Very true, Jennie. When all else fails, Hope remains.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  7. “There is always hope.
    Always.” YES! 💙 That’s a beautiful image and wonderful message, Jennie.

  8. Annika Perry says:

    Jennie, beautiful poem and photo – I love the thought behind your words – uplifting to see that light when all seems dark. Thank you so much for sharing with us! xx

  9. Beautiful poem, Jennie. And I love the photo. I can see why you were inspired. ❤

  10. willedare says:

    Thank you, dear Jennie, for affirming this vital truth so eloquently!

  11. Lokesh Sastya says:

    There is always hope. Always.

    Keep writing, keep inspiring.🤗👍

  12. Maggie says:

    Yes! Thank you for the photo and the reminder.

  13. petespringerauthor says:

    I love the photo, the beautiful words, but especially your unwavering optimism.

  14. K.L. Hale says:

    Beautiful picture and thoughts, Jennie. Yes, there’s always hope. I pray for those who do not have it.

  15. Hope is a wonderful thing to hang onto. It really works when you share some. Thanks,Jennie. 😁

  16. Ritu says:

    What a gorgeous sight, Jennie ❤

  17. poorvi kumar says:

    this was just what i needed to hear ! thanks for sharing 🤍

  18. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a wonderful thought, Jennie.

  19. Thank you for the lovely photo and affirmation. I’ve shared in case someone needs it.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    I think constantly being surrounded by little people keeps fueling your hope. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  21. This is lovely, Jennie.

  22. CarolCooks2 says:

    An awesome image and fitting words…hope we must have x

  23. Beautiful, Jennie… ❤ Hope, always!

  24. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you so much for this! I agree–there is always hope.

  25. frenchc1955 says:

    Reblogged this on charles french words reading and writing and commented:
    This message, from the excellent teacher, Jennie, is both beautiful and needed.

  26. Kshama says:

    Hope is the last thing that came out of Pandora’s box, the only thing that is left when everything is lost… This poem is gold

  27. Even if sometimes, it’s hidden in those dark shadows.

  28. Almost everyone’s blog is showcasing some kind of hopeful post right now. Some of them are more explicitly about Covid, while others, like yours, are more of a Rorschach ink blot: you can see what you like in it.

    I don’t know–maybe it’s the vaccine trickling down into the general population. My story was all about hope, too.

    Or maybe it’s just coincidence.

    Anyway, I found the use of dark against light interesting and unusual–in a good way. (I mean, you can only rhyme love, dove, and above so many times,) Dark and light are always present, so we’ve got to find hope in those moments.

    Not sure if that’s what you meant, but that’s what I got out of it. Hope that’s okay. : )

    • Jennie says:

      You hit the nail on the head, Cathleen. That’s exactly my feeling, my meaning, although I didn’t purposely go out to find light and dark. I see this every day on my way home and and I’m filled with hope. The dark against the light speaks that way to me. Thank you!

      • Yay! I remember in class sometimes being told that a story or poem meant a certain thing and thinking that I would’ve never got that out of it. So, it’s nice to see a message successfully communicated and received! And you’re welcome–it’s a lovely poem. : )

  29. A great reflection. This is the motivation we (will) need! Thank you, Jennie! Best wishes, Michael

  30. #psychothots says:

    At the end of the tunnel there is light

  31. Follower By Faith says:

    So beautiful

  32. Beautiful pictures and thought

  33. Journey says:

    “How narrow, difficult and atrocious life can be, without a glimpse of hope”.
    – Al Saghra’i.
    Beautiful photo!

  34. Bee me says:

    Hope is the only thing stronger than fear 🌅

  35. cushn4 says:

    I wear my black rubber bracelet daily. I bought it from a blind boy who inspired me with his singing. One side reads “HOPE” and the other in braille…the same. We all need reminders to hope….if not, all is lost….hopeless. To hear Christopher Duffley’s song, “Open the Eyes of My Heart” (age 4)….like the “sunrise” in your photo….brought me the HOPE I was aching for. Thanks for posting Jennie.

  36. The contrast between the two does feel like life and hope beyond the darkness. I love your poem.

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  38. thebenneys says:

    Hope is magic, holding onto hope can help people survive. Beautiful photo.

  39. The church, the steeple, the cross, the dark suddenly seems to fade away, new hope arises because Jesus lives we can face tomorrow.

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