Words and Moments of Endearment – They Last a Lifetime

When children leave my class and move on to Pre-K or Kindergarten, we often see each other in the hallway.  A wave, a smile, and sometimes a big hug, comes naturally.  Those moments are genuine.  You can’t make children feel something.

I was in the hallway at school, headed to the right.  Brooke was coming down the hallway in the opposite direction.  As we passed each other, this is what we said:

(Brooke): “Hi Jennie.”

(Me): “Hi Brooke.”

(Brooke): “I miss you.”

(Me): “I miss you more.”

(Brooke): “I miss you most.”

(Brooke): “Love you.”

(Me): “Love you, too.”

By the time we said ‘love you’,  we were far enough apart to turn around, yell, and wave.  I think we both smiled all the way to our hearts.

I have Maya Angelou’s quote hanging on a plaque right in front of me.  It says,

“People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

I often replace ‘people’ with ‘children’.  Does Brooke remember our Morning Meetings and activities?  Maybe, because that’s what went to her brain, stored for life.  What she will never forget is how I made her feel, in her heart for life.

The brain never forgets.  The heart always remembers.


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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65 Responses to Words and Moments of Endearment – They Last a Lifetime

  1. Darlene says:

    I so love that dialogue. You give those kids such a great start in education and in life. It is inevitable that they will meet not so nice people in life, but they will be OK as they will remember the love you showed them and the way you made them feel.

  2. Now, that’s the kind of school hallway encounter to have!! I’ll bet Brooke will always remember you. (The Maya Angelou quote is a favorite of mine, too.)

  3. Dan Antion says:

    I love that chance encounter, Jennie. Children don’t forget how people made them feel, and you’ve made so many feel loved.

  4. Oh how wonderfully true that is. “People never forget how you make them feel.” Thank you Jenny.

  5. Aww. How sweet, Jennie. A wonderful post about the power of kindness. 🙂

  6. CarolCooks2 says:

    What a beautiful encounter and tribute to how you made Brooke feel she remembered your kindness …Love this quote by Maya Angelou 🙂 x

  7. joylennick says:

    Wonderful for teacher/pupil relationships to read of such unforgettable moments xxx

  8. Ellen says:

    I may be called “Gem” by some but you truly are a GEM! “The mind will not always remember exactly what happened but the heart will always remember the feeling.” – Brigitte Nicole Grice. Thank-you!

  9. Great story, Jennie. The heart always remembers.

  10. Ritu says:

    This is beautiful, Jennie! It really does touch you when older children still want to be with us!

  11. quiall says:

    Your sincerity, your genuine kindness touches them at their core and helps to form their character. That is truly a gift.

  12. beetleypete says:

    Those kids not only appreciate you, they love you. And that love endures as they grow older. You have a special magic, dear Jennie.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  13. LOVE–that’s what it’s all about! 💞 Sharing…

  14. petespringerauthor says:

    The Maya Angelou quote is one of my all-time favorites. Not only do I like the sentiment, but I believe it in all my heart. When kids like their teacher, it makes all the difference.

    • Jennie says:

      Yes, yes!! Her quote is the only one I have on a big plaque hanging where I see it all the time. It makes all the difference in the world when kids like us. 😍

  15. Carla says:

    This is so beautiful. I’m sure you made all your kids feel special and loved, Jennie. Not the easiest for everyone to do.

  16. That’s the sweetest story I’ve ever heard in ages. She will remember you and how you made her feel. You are one lucky human to experience that. It warms my heart. Hugs to you, Jennie.

  17. Jim Borden says:

    those kinds of interactions must make your day!

  18. srbottch says:

    So true, Jennie. You’ve made me feel great, too. And I’m a big kid😉.

  19. Awww! So lovely to read.

  20. Elizabeth says:

    Just reading that I can remember Miss Hilen, my kindergarten teacher, and how much we looked forward to seeing each other each morning.

  21. That’s the best passing encounter ever! 🥰

  22. How very lovely, Jennie. Those words are so very true.

  23. dgkaye says:

    Another beautiful post Jennie. You teach them young how to say I love you, so important. I never grew up hearing those words, and I could never bring myself to say them even in relationships. I learned unconditional love from my husband. That’s why I married him. ❤

  24. bosssybabe says:

    💓 So heartwarming! 🥰

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