A few days ago, I got to the preschool to pick up the kids and realized that I was fifteen minutes early. I had a snack with me and a magazine so I figured I'd just enjoy those in the quietness of the car. After parking, I looked up to see that one of the classes was outside in the side lawn of the school eating their lunch on the grass. The weather was beautiful so what a wonderful treat for a bunch of energetic four year olds! Their teacher, Mrs. F, was sitting on the ground with them, also enjoying her lunch. After they were done, they packed up their lunch boxes and formed a circle to play "Duck, Duck, Goose" on the grass. Again, Mrs. F joined them, even sitting "Criss Cross Applesauce" just like the kids. As the second child took his place going around the circle patting heads, he came to Mrs. F and excitedly patted her head and yelled, "GOOSE!" Without so much as a flinch, Mrs. F hopped up and chased him around the circle and then took her turn as the head patter. Doesn't seem that strange to you? Some of the kids in this school have parents who were taught by Mrs. F. She's the age of the grandparents of her students. It warmed my heart to see a teacher, who by all means deserves to sit out a game of "Duck, Duck, Goose" and take a break from a long day with twelve preschoolers, take her place and enjoy the game.
I'm so thankful for the teachers that both of my kids have this year. Their preschool is fantastic and they both have teachers who sincerely love children and love teaching them. It has made the biggest difference in both of my little people this year. They love school and speak so sweetly of their teachers.
Preschool teachers deserve recognition in Heaven. They love on kids all day. They brush away tears, wipe noses and bottoms, read stories and encourage all day long...to people who don't always appreciate it. Or smell nice, for that matter. And, they didn't even give birth to them so the things they do really are out of kindness.
I have a post coming up on a teacher that changed my life. I can't wait to share her with you.