It’s almost a week before my kiddos go back to school. I still can’t believe I’m a mom to a 2nd grader AND 7th grader. Every time a school year ends there’s always that feeling of calm and satisfaction that we made it! As summer break comes to and end and the excitement of a new school year, new friends and new teachers come rolling in, I start wondering about how both my kiddos are going to do this year. Sarah is the one I worry about the most. School is always a little more difficult for her and I thought about what kind of teacher she is going to have. After all, she has BIG shoes to fill!
I’ve been wanting to share this for awhile, but as usual, I can’t find the right words to say it. End of the year goodbyes were extra hard for Sarah and I because we have come to care for her teachers very much. I have always had tremendous respect for all teachers. I grew up being inspired by some great teachers. Mrs. M and Mrs. N equally inspired Sarah. She had the rare opportunity to have them as teachers for 2 years in a row. She repeated the 1st grade. I felt like I failed my kiddo. It was hard for the hubs and I to make the decision of keeping her back but it was the right one for Sarah at the time. We had recently learned that she has some learning and attention issues among other things. I don’t want to get too specific, because I don’t want to pretend to know what I’m talking about and say the wrong thing. We are still learning and trying to figure out how to make things as smooth as possible for her, but allowing her to repeat the 1st grade was the best decision we ever made, especially when we knew she was going to be under the care of Mrs. M and Mrs. N. Another factor was the loss of her best friend/uncle. The loss of uncle Jro hit her pretty hard and both her teachers were very supportive and for that, I will always be grateful.
Mrs. M and Mrs. N are patient, loving and kind. I saw it all the time. Yes! I was definitely that over involved parent in the classroom. I was always asking them if they needed anything, and helped out as much as I could. I probably drove them crazy, but it was all with a grateful attitude and good intentions. They cared for Sarah and it showed. My kiddo is a chatterbox, loving, super sensitive, and quirky. I’m forever worried about how other people treat her. I can admit that they showed Sarah even more patience than I. I’m not prefect…I get frustrated. – A mama can get over-whelmed. One time that I will always remember is Sarah telling me that she wanted to read a book to her class. The kids were allowed to bring in their favorite book and read it to their fellow classmates, so she practiced for a few days and asked me if she could bring it in. I immediately hesitated and told her no, because I was afraid of her making a mistake and taking forever to read it, or her classmates making rude comments. She ended up sneaking the book in her backpack and asked Mrs. M if she could read it and without hesitation her teacher said yes. She read it perfectly! She came home so proud and excited to tell me about it. I was so proud of her, she believed in herself and did it!! The next day I asked Mrs. M about it and she agreed Sarah did amazing. She was equally as proud of her and didn’t hesitate at all in showing it. They both ALWAYS showed faith in my little girl and helped her be confident in herself. She had had two great teachers for 2 years and saying goodbye was hard. I didn’t cry, I held it in. No gifts or words could ever truly express how much I appreciate all they did for my little girl.
Thank you again to both of them!