Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A Visit

This made my teacher's heart happy - and I just had to share.

Last Saturday, my hub-bub and I took our neighbors to this breakfast fundraiser deal for a local children's group. We ate and talked and blah, blah, blah. The guys went to go sign us up for some raffle things, and my neighbor and I were just visiting. And then this elf - really, he was dressed like an elf - came up and asked {those words I'm sure every teacher dreads}: do you know who I am?  At least I was quick thinking - I asked him: Tell me your name. And as soon as he did, I remembered. He was in my very first class of 2nd graders. He'd shot up a foot - I think literally. 

We talked about where he was going to school and what he was doing and so on - I sometimes feel a bit awkward with these situations, because I'm not sure what to say. I don't have a natural gift of gab :)

As we were driving home, my neighbor said: you sure could see the respect and {yes I think she said} love that boy has for you. 

I'm so glad she was there to put things in perspective for me. For one thing, my first year - for crying out loud - I can remember crazy and chaotic and this boy {and some others} were a little mischievous. 

This whole conversation helped with where I'm at today. I try hard to use a calm, quiet voice. I only raise my voice to say: hey when they get pretty loud and that does a pretty good job of quieting them. I try hard to see things from their point of view and to ask, and really mean, why did you do that? so I can grasp the situation.

So thank you little friend - you've encouraged me and I bet you didn't even know it!

As it's this wonderful season of Christmas, who can you take a moment to encourage?


  1. What a SWEET story! And perfect timing! <3
    Thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this. It's so cool that your friend was there for perspective. I usually feel unsure in those moments too.

  3. That is a wonderful story. We teachers never really "get" the impact we have on the little lives that are our students. Yes, we get it, and we work for the good, but to have it brought to our attention is awesome. So glad you had that moment!!

  4. I agree. Such a sweet story! I'm glad you shared it :)
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