Saturday, August 30, 2008
And a little child shall lead them
Okay, I went to school again Friday afternoon to put some finishing touches on my room so that when I wobble in on Tuesday, I just have some small things to do like reorganize my desk and hang up some more posters. I hadn't been working there long when I caught the image of people in the corner of my peripheral vision.
Normally, when someone is there that I'm not expecting or if someone creeps up on me like these two quiet people, I shriek or yell out with surprise. This time I was somehow able to refrain from that and I just slowly turned and welcomed the strangers in.
It was a mom and daughter coming to visit my classroom and me. This was my first "student sighting" since I've been back in the room this past week. They were both blondes and the little girl was so cute. I could tell she was super nervous, as almost all kids entering 5th grade in my building are for their first year here.
Chatting with her mom and with her made me feel more like a teacher again. I was SMILING during the conversation! Flipping smiling, can you believe that? I was chatting away and making these two feel comfortable in this new locale. I answered questions, I asked questions.
This little girl, unknowingly, helped me find a piece of my excitement in my world as a teacher. As silly as it sounds, this little child led me back to a place where I forgot I was successful and useful and happy.
I'm really glad those two stopped by on Friday. I needed that.