Houston is big on freeways (and tollways and ring roads and express lanes and on and on). If you try to communicate with anyone from around here, locations are always referenced based on a freeway. Near the north side of our downtown, two of them come together and pass underneath a rail line. For as long as I can remember (which is to say about 2002 or 2003), that rail line has some trademark graffiti. You can see it off to the right in this picture.

yes, I took this picture, #manyfilters

At highway speeds it's a blink and you'll miss it kind of thing. It's become something of an urban legend. The original artist is a mystery. Yet he or she keeps constant vigilance, intervening when people changed it in 2015 and 2017.

It's a simple little message but one that has resonated with me in the last twelve months, for a variety of reasons. Teaching has become such a human experience. There are so many unique opportunities in education, and the phrase BE SOMEONE speaks to that in such a simple way.

As you head off towards the start of your school year, choose to be someone, whatever that means for you.


AuthorJonathan Claydon