Hope…It’s There If You Just Look

Today I visited a place that I never heard about until a few days ago. My wife told me about this place called Daffodil Hill. Now, I’ve lived in my area of northeast Ohio for 39 years and I have never heard of Daffodil Hill. Then, I saw posts about the families of my students visiting Daffodil Hill. The most interesting thing about Daffodil Hill is its location. You can find Daffodil Hill in a cemetery…Lakeview Cemetery to be exact. If you’ve never heard of Lakeview Cemetery in Cleveland, Ohio, I highly suggest looking it up. It’s an absolutely stunning place, but back to this point of this post.

Living in an area and learning about Daffodil Hill was such a great distraction from everything going on. Daffodil Hill provided me something that I haven’t had much of lately…and that’s hope. After losing out on a month (and counting) of being with my students, hope was diminishing. Missing out on family events and not spending time with them in person for over a month (and counting), hope was diminishing. Yet, spending a few minutes at a place I never knew about until a few days ago, in an unlikely place, brought hope back!

It provided me peace, beauty, positivity, and comfort in a time when there’s so much negativity, despair, and hardships going on around us. In a few minutes I realized that there is so much beauty surrounding us if we just get past the mindset that all is going wrong. We need to look at the positives in our world. We need to see what is in our own backyard (literally and figuratively) and find out how it can change how we see what’s going on around us. I never thought that there was a hill full of daffodils in bloom in my area, yet there is! If we just take the time to discover what’s near us will we finally be able to change the greater world.

I’m so blessed to have had the opportunity to see Daffodil Hill. Ever since I was told about it from my wife, I then began to see Facebook posts and pictures about this place. Perhaps for years my eyes were blind to the stories because I was never looking for the comfort and peace since life was just moving so fast around me. Maybe I never cared to look for it because I wasn’t focused on the little things in life and how they can provide me comfort and peace. Maybe I just needed this time to slow down and realize that there is such beauty around me.

Daffodil Hill was a much needed escape for me. Thank you to everyone who brought it to my attention, especially to my wife for going with me. I need to open my eyes more to the beauty of what’s around me…and that could be in nature or in others. We all have such beauty within us that can provide hope to others. We need to slow ourselves down to let us reach others and for others to reach us. We need to slow ourselves down to see the beauty in nature that surrounds us. Hope for me was found in a hill of daffodils. Now, I just want to be hope for others…especially for my students!

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Author: acottos

I'm a 5/6 Social Studies teacher who is passionate about education and working for what is best for students. I am an aspiring educational leader who is looking forward to working as a principal or school leader to help further the education of my students and staff.

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