My dining room table has been a jumble of children’s work collected throughout the year. I have put on the finishing touches. Parents will get their child’s Portfolio – the full collection – next week. I’ll be there, looking over their shoulder as they walk through the school year with their child. Tissues needed.
Children have been saying goodbye in many ways. Some are crying, some are glued to my side. We’re reading all their favorite books, from Humphrey the Lost Whale, to Mother Bruce, to Harry the Dirty Dog, to Those Pesky Rabbits, and This Land is Your Land. We’re just hanging out together. Gloria has been well loved and also very needed.
My Book Bears reading group at the library had their final meeting. Here is a letter to me from Jared:
Dear Jennie, Thank you for being the head of Book Bears. My favorite book that we read was Two Dogs in a Trench Coat. You are the best preschool teacher. When I started in Book Bears I was below reading grade level. Now I am above grade level. I wrote a fairy tale in school and thought you would like it so I gave it to you.
The fairy tale is The Three Little Chipmunks and the Big Bad Giant. It’s wonderful!
I was invited to the high school graduation of a former preschooler in my class. What an honor to be included in such a special event! How many preschool teachers have this opportunity? Not many!
It is a roller coaster, a flurry of emotions, moments that are fleeting that I wish could be locked in time. I want to rewind and play it back again. But of course that cannot be. I must settle for the memories. And that is really all I need.