I was invited to a high school hockey game by one of my former preschoolers. Lucky me, and what a special treat. She’s on the team. It turns out that the hockey team has many more of my preschoolers.
Look at those big smiles! What a reunion, and what a fuss we made. I may have behaved like a crazy lady at the hockey rink greeting these wonderful kids. When I stopped to look at the audience – the parents of these children, and plenty of other parents and kids – I saw the faces looking at me. There were nods and smiles, words of understanding, and almost wishfulness. Connecting a preschool teacher with a group of her children years later (children to me, not students) is something you don’t see every day.
Bianca invited me. Thank you! She is on the far right. She is as lovely and outgoing today as she was years ago.
Left to right in the hockey photo is Will (who I always affectionately called Will-Will), Neil (quiet, kind, smart), Bryson (Mr. Outgoing), and Bianca. Below is Liam (ever-busy and funny). A class photo from 2005 includes most of these children:
Bianca is sitting on my lap. Bryson is on the bottom row, third from the right. Liam is beside Bryson in the green shirt. Neil’s sister is top row in white. Will’s brother is wearing #95 on the top row.
I love these children. I teach from the heart, and look what happens: my preschoolers become young adults with a positive sense of self, and goodness for others. And, they invite me to a hockey game! They remember.