Here is a photo of me and my Best Buddy, fifteen years ago.
Yes, Best Buddy. That’s what we called each other.
As the years went on, we saw each other occasionally,
and we always called each other Best Buddy.
Best Buddy Leo came to school today to sing and make music with the children. There’s nothing like a guitar to bring children together. And, there’s nothing like a former Aqua Roomer returning to school.
When Leo walked into the classroom, there was Gloria. He remembered! Their homecoming was exciting. I hadn’t expected that.
He played “Baby Shark” which is children’s current favorite song,
“The ABC Song” which is always a favorite, and timeless songs like
“You Are My Sunshine.”
Then he asked the children if he could sing “This Land is Your Land.” He remembered the song. The children were thrilled, and someone rushed over to the bookshelf to bring him the book.
We all belted out the song, as one Best Buddy played the guitar,
and the other Best Buddy held the book.
Then we had a final picture, under the quilt, along with Gloria.
Thank you, Best Buddy.
“Music is the glue that joins people together”
~Yo- Yo Ma~
what a wonderful best buddy reunion!
It made my day!
That was a wonderful reunion, Jennie. Yet another example of your ‘Jennie Effect’! 🙂
By the way, I know how much you like Mr Rogers. Are you aware of the new film about him, starring Tom Hanks? You probably are. 🙂
Best wishes, Pete.
Thank you, Pete. That’s so nice. I definitely know about the movie but have not seen it yet. Many teachers were disappointed that it was not so much about Mister Rogers as it was about the guy who interviewed him. I will definitely see it, though. Best to you.
Wonderful story, Jennie. That says volumes about you when students return to see you and participate in your classroom activities. He sounds like an accomplished young man.
It is a wonderful thing. And he is certainly an accomplished young man. Thanks, Steve. Looking forward to reading your latest post soon!
I used your YoYoMa quite extensively this morning at the CC. A great quote.
You did?? Awesome! I love that quote.
You bet. There are quite a few ‘musicians’ among my kids, sax, trumpet, flute, violin, cello, horn, drums, et al. Many knew of MMY.
MMY… do you mean YYM?
Yes, thanks. Well, I didn’t think I’d get through the entire year without a mistake.
Haha. Hey, for us not-so-youngins it’s getting late.
It is, and I’m falling asleep. Have a great day, tomorrow.
Best to you, Steve.
I can always count on your posts to bring a smile and those heart-tingles that spread throughout the body ❤
I’m so glad, Alethea.❤️
How wonderful! You really make an impression, Jennie.
Thanks, Dan. 😊
I love that song! I only knew the Canadian version for many years.
It’s a great song!
Super Best Buddy post, Jennie.
Thanks, John. 🙂
What a delightful post! So ‘good feel’….you could ‘taste’ it!! xx
I’m glad you liked it, Joy. Much appreciated!
This is wonderful to see, Jennie. Always making memories…
Thank you, Becky. Memories are the best!
That is so great, Jennie. I bet it was a big thrill for everyone.
It was, Anneli. Thanks so much. Glad you liked this.
My heart is full for you and your best buddy, Jennie. What a special friendship! I LOVE that Leo came back to visit, but better yet, he is demonstrating the most powerful of human traits—the gift of one’s self. I can feel your pride from across the country.
Thank you, Pete. Yes, Leo is doing exactly that. Quite remarkable for a teen. Roots and wings.
What a terrific post, Jennie. Such fun for the kids to have a guitar playing visitor who once sat in their place.
You hit the nail on the head, exactly why it was such fun for the kids. Thank you, Robbie.
How wonderful for everyone. For Leo to return to a classroom he has fond memories of. For the current classroom who got to sing along with someone who used to be in their class. And for you to experience the fruits of your labour!!
I’d call that a hat trick. Thank you, Darlene!
What a wonderful “Best Buddies” reunion! 🙂 Special in every way… xo
It was, Bette. Thank you so much! 🙂
I love it! So very heartwarming! ❤
Thank you, Jill. 😍
Acts 16:31, 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, 1 Peter 1:17-21, Revelation 22:18-19
This is the cutest. It really shows the impact you’ve had on your students.
That pleasant reunion speaks volumes to you as a teacher and human. It was so fun to see and I can see the children enjoyed his visit. BTW, I did see the film “Mr. Rogers” and loved it. Have a wonderfilled weekend.
Marlene, you always have something to say that makes me think, because you see things in so many ways. “And a human”. That really made me stop and think. Thank you! It was a wonderful reunion, and the kids were pressed in so close to Leo. That speaks volumes. So glad you liked the Mr. Rogers movie. Happy weekend.🙂
This is real friendship, and remembering Gloria shows he adored your great invention, Jennie! Your work is really blessed! Michael
It is real friendship, Michael. When the memories come flooding back, that’s the best!
So true, Jennie! They are all honouring you, the gem. Michael
That’s so kind, Michael. Thank you. 😊
What a heartwarming and uplifting post! *big grin plastered all OVER my face*
It made my day! So glad you liked it, Liz. A plastered grin is a good thing. 🙂
This definitely filled my heart with wonderful memories too, Jennie. Thank you so much, and the young man is adorable!
I’m so glad, Anne. And, he is. 😀
OMG so heartwarming!!! ❤
It made my day! 😍