I'll be honest. There are moments in this job where I have to take a deep breath and remind myself that this too shall pass. Working with little people can be overwhelming at times........especially when there are 20 little ones and 2 adults and it seems like 19 of them are saying "Miss Laura......." simultaneously. It can be tiring to continually remind them of our group time behavior. It requires infinite patience when someone raises their hand to tell an unrelated "story" in response to a question I pose. However, these moments of craziness are few and far between, truly. Most of our days together in the classroom are busy, productive, fun, and wonderful. We laugh together, sing together, learn together and discover together. And it is so purposeful and engaging that the time really flies. Before we know it, it's time to go home. I could write a VERY LONG post about all the reasons I love my job as well as the many reasons I love preschoolers.
Instead, I'll just show you a little something that was personally delivered to me this morning. Delivered, I must point out, by a little guy who doesn't even attend school on Friday mornings. Still, he was insistent that his daddy bring him to school to give something very important to Miss Laura "right now." His daddy kindly indulged him and they knocked on my door a few minutes before our morning session was set to begin. I had my back to the door, but turned when I heard them enter. My little student presented me with the envelope shown below.
I turned it over to find that it had been sealed with a very cool piece of double-stick foam tape.
I unfastened the tape to find this beautiful chocolate-colored leaf. He wanted to bring it to me because he knows we will begin our study of trees soon. :-)
I'm not trying to overly emphasize the importance of this particular incident. However, I am choosing to write about it here because it illustrates the beautiful little gestures that are bestowed upon me so frequently and generously during my days at school. Could anyone ask for a more fulfilling job?
PS: I'm going to try Mod-Podging the leaf this weekend to preserve it until our study of trees. I haven't tried that technique before, but it's supposed to work really well.