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.