Happy 2016 y'all! I just have to share a bit of my New Year's Eve celebration with you. It was truly the inspiration that I needed to begin 2016...
First of all, I would like to say that I love my job. I love teaching. I love seeing children grow. and smile. and learn. I truly love it... BUT...there are days that I feel overwhelmed, underpaid and unappreciated. I'm sure y'all have experienced similar feelings also. So here's my lil New Year's Eve inspiration story:
We had not made any "big extravagant" plans to ring in 2016. So, at the last minute, went to dinner with friends. Nothing crazy. Dinner at a local family-run restaurant (which I have to say was DELish!!!) After dinner I was approached by a former parent. And by former I mean that I was her son's teacher about 15 years ago so it has been quite sometime since I have seen him (or her). She began by saying, "I have always wanted you to know..." and then she quickly became very emotional & covered her face. A million things ran through my mind. Was she upset? Was she happy? Did I do something that I had not realized? What? WHAT was it??? A few moments later, she looked up, wiped the tears from her face, grabbed my hands, and then began again, "I have always wanted you to know how much of a difference you made in my son's life. I was not a good mom. I did not have my priorities straight. He loves you. I love you for everything you did for him & for those words. Those kind words that you always said to him." As you can imagine, tears streamed like a river. And for the next 30 minutes I listened to her story. Words cannot describe how I felt. My heart was overflowing!
As I reflect back on our conversation, I am again filled with emotion....I had no idea of this child's story. As teachers, we all have children that we worry just a little bit more about & wonder if there is more to their story, but this wasn't one of them. I am so grateful for this experience. It was truly a blessing of inspiration for the new year. So when I return to school next week to a classroom full of lil faces, I will remember these things:
1. Behind every face is a story-perhaps a story that we will never know.
2. Kind words & gestures DO make a difference.
And THIS, my friends, is why I teach!!!
Have an awesome 2016 y'all!