I call my classroom a family.  We are a family.  Children hear me say all the time, “Once an Aqua Roomer, always an Aqua Roomer.”  That means family is always there for you.  Children can take Gloria home long after they move on to older classrooms- and they do.  Children can return to visit anytime, especially being a Guest Reader- and they do.

My family visited this past weekend, plus more days.  It was wonderful.  Hubby Steve is the baby of the family, and he and his sister are the last of the siblings.  We reminisced in a loud, wonderful, laughing, interrupting way- just the way it always was in his family.

She brought Steve a photo of their parents the day they were married.  He had never seen this photo and was moved to tears.

She also brought Steve his favorite childhood book.  Oh my, I have heard stories about his mother reading aloud this book to him and his sister since we were married.  It’s nice to finally see the book, after well over 40 years.  Steve couldn’t even speak.

Family is everything!  Whether it’s my Aqua Room preschool family or Steve’s family, it counts as #1.

I am catching up with all of your blogs.  Family first.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five 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 was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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69 Responses to Family

  1. A very heartwarming family post!

  2. Wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing, Jennie

  3. As the saying goes……”Many moon ago” when our species were hunter gatherers. We gathered together into Clans for not just protection but survival. Individuals who were by themselves would have higher mortality and a shorter life.
    This objective has been passed down through the millennia in our ancestral DNA.
    So basically he/she who has lots of social connections has a better chance of surviving (both physically and emotionally). The social net you rely upon when you fall.
    Loners do not have this social catch net and so fall through the cracks and perish.

    So when you mention “family”,you could exchange that word for Clan.\ Jennie.
    You have a great looking Clan!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    Family first should always apply. What a precious photo! I’m glad that Steve and his sister had that special moment.

  5. So true about family, Jennie! And I also love Uncle Wiggly, especially the board game with all the characters.

  6. Lori-ize it! says:

    family is everything. Glad your husband got to enjoy this special time.

  7. Leave it to Big Sister to save a few precious items from her Baby Bro’s childhood and present them to him at just the right time in life.
    Really special…

  8. Ritu says:

    Absolutely family is everything 😍

  9. Hold on to the good in people and your centre is safe. Lovely class, family and objects that hold memories.

  10. beth says:

    these are such treasures, people and special family and items included

  11. Norah says:

    Love the story. Family always first. What an amazing wedding photo. Love the dress.

  12. CarolCooks2 says:

    A delightful post of family memories and treasures, a wonderful photo and that book what treasures to have and reminisce over how perfect a gift from big sis to little bro…Hugs x

  13. Darlene says:

    I agree, Family is very important. And a family can be created anywhere. I love the wedding photo and that old book is a gem. Reinforcing the importance of reading to children. The memories that must have flooded back to your husband when he held that book in his hand.

    • Jennie says:

      I was the fly on the wall as his sister talked about the book and the photo and presented them to him. It was wonderful! They both have strong memories of their mother reading to them, including her ‘voices’ as she read. The photo is a real gem. Here’s to family!

  14. damielolah says:

    Yes family first! Awesome!🥰

  15. frenchc1955 says:

    Hi Jennie, this is wonderful!

    • Jennie says:

      Hi Charles! This was intended to be an “I haven’t been able to read your blogs, and visiting family is why” post. Of course once I started to write, there was so much to say about family… 🙂

  16. Good times, and priceless treasure!! Yes, family first. 🥰

  17. beetleypete says:

    What a lovely wedding day photo of Steve’s parents. They look a bit like Bonnie and Clyde! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  18. bosssybabe says:

    Awww, so wonderful to be around family. That’s the thing that this pandemic has robbed me of the most (and everyone of course) is to be around family and watching my niece and nephew grow up… I wanted Charlotte to grow up with her little cousins down the road but here’s hoping for better days! Love the antique boooook, wow how cool it would be to gently leaf through the pages…. heaven!

    • Jennie says:

      You are so right about being around family, and how the pandemic has robbed people (especially children) of doing just that. This family visit with Steve’s sister was the first in two years. That in itself was wonderful. Oh, the stories and laughter! Then add the photo and book, and that was the icing on the cake. Yes, you would love to leaf through those pages…I will be reading the book to my class.

  19. Ally Bean says:

    Uncle Wiggly and His Friends! I remember that book with that cover. I don’t know if I read it though, just that it was in our house having come from grandpa’s house.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad this gave you a memory. Do you have your grandpa’s book? There are little things from the book that Steve and I still say, such as calling me Nurse Jane Fuzzy Wuzzy when someone has a boo-boo or feels sick.

  20. quiall says:

    All families are created. Some by combining DNA and others by combining a simple thing like love.

  21. Don Ostertag says:

    Family is indeed everything. Gosh, Jennie, I had forgot all about Uncle Wiggly. Thanks for reminding me. It was one of the books the teacher in the one-room schoolhouse read to us.

  22. Wow! Very nice and thank you 😊

  23. Most things come after family. 👏

  24. Elizabeth says:

    I hadn’t thought about Uncle Wiggly since I was a kid playing the Uncle Wiggly board game. I don’t remember much about the book or the game, but I know that I loved both. I love seeing the brother and sister together.

    • Jennie says:

      The Uncle Wiggly books left you with some memories; that’s a good thing. I don’t know the board game, but Hubby and his sister reminisced about that, too. It was wonderful to have them together. More than wonderful! I’m glad you liked the photo.

  25. A delightful post, and a wonderful remembrance, Jennie! These are the things ever kept in our hearts. You are having a home in every heart of your (former) students too. Fantastic! xx Michael

  26. Family bonding. Nicely penned down with beautiful photos 📸

  27. Ren says:

    So beautiful Jennie….

  28. Well said. Your post made me think of this quote from Eva Burrows: “The love of a family is a life’s greatest blessing.”

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