Two Preschool Generations

Thirty years ago Nurse Eamonn was in my preschool class.  He was adorable (but don’t tell him I said that.)  In high school he did his internship in my classroom.  Ah, he had the touch.  I knew there was a teacher in the making.  We worked summers together at the school’s summer camp.  We had such fun, and so did the children.  Eamonn became my assistant teacher for a few years before going back to college.  He was considering medicine.  Then, an event happened that clarified his pathway.

When he stopped by for a visit at school one day, an epileptic child in my classroom had a grand mal seizure.  Eamonn whipped into action, directing what to do and monoriting the child.  I watched the clock and timed the seizure.

Clearly, Eamonn was destined to work with children.  Teaching wasn’t in the cards.  He became a pediatric nurse at the top hospital in Boston.  I am so proud!

The story gets even better; his son is in my class!  Yes, he is adorable, and he loves dinosaurs.  Today Nurse Eamonn came to school to host a Teddy Bear Clinic in my classroom.  Every child brought their teddy bear or favorite lovey.  Eamonn gave every bear a check-up.

I sat back and watched.  Deja vu.  Yes, he has the touch.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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51 Responses to Two Preschool Generations

  1. How lovely, Jennie. Thanks for sharing.

  2. D. Metzke says:

    Full circle! I love it!

  3. I love this! Nurse Eamonn will be a great nurse AND a teacher, showing other nurses what to do beyond the straight-forward call of duty. He will also make a great father if he is not already. He has true compassion for the children and that is not easy to come by. Thank you kindly.

  4. srbottch says:

    Wonderful story. Life provides us with these special moments.

  5. barbtaub says:

    What an incredibly lovely story. The light you’re sending out in the world really does come back to you.

  6. I love it when this happens. It’s also a sign that we’ve been around the block a few times. I had this happen to me at least three times before I retired, having taught the parent and the child. I know the feeling and it’s great, isn’t it?!

  7. Ritu says:

    Oh how cute!
    One of my teaching assistants has been with us for over 26 years and she had her first nursery “grandbaby” in class a couple of years ago!
    Obviously our pupils are like our children so when their kids join us, they’ll Be our grandbabies!!

  8. beetleypete says:

    That connection is just wonderful to read about. From father to son, the same class.
    And well done to Eamonn for his career choice too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  9. Tingles all over on this one…there **is** goodness and caring in this world and it counts.

  10. This was the sweetest story! I loved everything about it. Teachers don’t all have to be in the classroom. He is teaching in a different way. I’m glad we are breaking down that stereotype as well. We need more gentle caring fathers in the world. Yay!

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad you loved this, Marlene. Thank you for putting things into perspective- he IS teaching in a different way, just not in the classroom. And, a caring, loving male nurse and father is a very good thing. Yay, Eamonn!

  11. That’s an awesome story to start my day with Jennie. I loved the idea of a bear clinic as well. God bless Eamonn and his family.

  12. That is a teacher’s dream. I am so excited with you, Jennie. Wonderful wishes to Eamonn and his family.

  13. Luanne says:

    OK, goosebumps and tears. Thank you!

  14. Darlene says:

    How very special to have had both father and son in your class. Both adorable!! To see these young people grow up to be successful adults and caring parents must be such a joy to you. xo

  15. What a lovely way to begin my day, Jennie. This is heartwarming — yet purely real, and not the sappy kind of heartwarming. Ending by telling about the teddy-bear clinic is the perfect adorable touch. This is one of your best. Mega hugs.

  16. How lovely to know there are pediatric nurses like this in the world. My poor Michael has had some quite bad experiences and now will only allow his doctor to put in a drip or take blood.

  17. Dan Antion says:

    That’s an amazing story, Jennie – that’s a testament to your effect on these (and those) children. Keep it up!

  18. frenchc1955 says:

    Jennie, thank you for this lovely teacher’s moment. You are a gifted and talented teacher!

  19. Sarah says:

    Aww – that’s such a sweet story, Jennie! And how wonderful that his son is now in your class too. 😊

  20. OH Jennie, I so wish you could see the smile on my face this post brought me.. Showing me yet again your own influence on young minds my friend.. What a joy to have his son in your class now too.. WONDERFUL… ❤

  21. Ellen Hawley says:

    I like him without even having met him.

  22. swamiyesudas says:

    Wow! A person who would give a full check up to Every Teddy Bear! Special indeed. God Bless. And Kudos to the Teacher! Yay! 🙂

  23. Jennie, this is Flower, I was researching epilepsy and here you are! I have another blog. Please read and share if you know any parents who may benefit. Small world!

    • Jennie says:

      How interesting that I popped up, Flower. Perhaps WP is connecting senior citizens with epilepsy? Not sure, but either way I’m glad I was there. And, thank you for your blog.

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