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Falling…..with Grace.

I am, for the most part a very private person, but for educational purposes I am going to share one of the most embarrassing moments in my life. So I will take one for the team.

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In 2009, I was principal of a 850 student middle school. It is the 8th grade promotional ceremony. Every student in my school is present, along with proud parents, grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins, teachers and community members–in other words, nearly half the town. Every detail has been planned out to the “nth” degree. (Thanks to a woman named Becky and her binder.) It is a classy and momentous broken chairoccasion. We are all decked out in Sunday’s Best–heels, dresses, suits, etc. It is even a good hair day for most that day. And the event is going perfectly; we are going right on schedule. THEN IT HAPPENS!! As an esteemed community member is addressing the student body….I hear a snap! Thinking to myself, “What is that noise?” And a split second later, I realize my chair broke!! I look to my left and right and none of the gentlemen next to me look ‘”sturdy.” And so yes, ladies and gentlemen, I fell. I hit the floor hard and loud in a dress and heels. I was tangled up in a broken chair and could not get up. So for the next 2 minutes, an audience of about 2000+ people sees a woman rolling around on the floor in her good dress and heels while three adults try to untangle her from the mess of broken chair.brown1.5

It goes without saying that I am grossly embarrassed AND now it is my time to address the crowd.

So…..I stand up, straighten my spine and my dress. I flip my hair back into place. I saunter up to the podium. And I say in my most sexy voice: “I guess I will be going to Weight Watchers this summer.” The crowd went wild. My students loved it! 🙂 People, to this day, speak on that event and how well I handled that fall from grace. I even had a teacher tell me they were proud of how I handled that situation.

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If you are going to fall in this great runway of life–and you will–fall with grace, style and dignity……and fall from a HIGH PLACE….and in great shoes and a gorgeous smile. And then get back up, shake it off, and strut it out. In other words, fall like Naomi Campbell.

I Love Us,

Jocelyn Jocelyn@SCENE-Chicago.Com


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