A touching package

For the 2010/2011 academic year, I spent each Thursday morning volunteering in our local school’s second-grade classroom.  The school year ended this week; and two days ago, instead of trotting off to school in the morning, I stayed at home.

I was kind of sad.  I kind of miss the kids.

But, change is the only constant in life; kids grow, and move on.  So I need to as well.

And I am.  But it’s still kinda sad.

Anyway.  This afternoon in the mailbox, I was surprised to find a package addressed to me.  I wasn’t expecting anything…. I looked at the return address: it was from the second-grade teacher at the school.

Inside the package was an end-of-the-year newsletter the teacher had put together, comprised of little articles the kids wrote over the past month.  Each student was interviewed by a peer, and a few students wrote extra articles: about their field trip to the zoo, the tree they planted for Arbor Day, their favorite jokes (“Q: Why can’t Cinderella play soccer? A: Because she’s always running away from the ball!”), a word search they made, and an article about me.

Oh, kids… Once again, they melt my freakin’ heart.

The article they wrote reads: “Enrichment Thursdays!  Who thought learning could be so fun? Every Thursday we were lucky to have two teachers!  We did 27 activities that made us think differently and there was never a right answer! Who knew? We created our own museum, played dominos, learned some yoga poses, painted using watercolors, and more!  Mrs. B was great.  We are ready for 3rd grade.”

Wow.  This little newsletter produced a smile from deep within my heart.  So amazing.


About Stef

A "serious" gal who is trying to remember to lighten up and smile.
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21 Responses to A touching package

  1. rutheh says:

    Sweet story!


  2. Touch2Touch says:

    Well earned.


  3. barb19 says:

    Makes it all worth while! Kids do melt our hearts . . .


  4. Christine says:

    Kids’ll do that every time!


  5. carlaat says:

    Yay! Made me smile too!


  6. Awww! That’s the best kind of reward, isn’t it? 🙂 Love this!


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  8. Joss says:

    what a lovely, thoughtful, gift to receive in the mail. of course it made you smile!


  9. Dianne - life as i see it says:

    beautiful touching story, i enjoyed very much ; o)


  10. deenie12 says:

    Stef, I loved this post! How sweet of the kids, and how special for you. I completely understand about being sad that the year is over, I’m experiencing that right now, and missing the kids that I worked with. It helped me so much to read your words: “But, change is the only constant in life; kids grow, and move on. So I need to as well.” It’s bittersweet.


    • Stef says:

      It is bittersweet. But I’m willing to experience some of these twinges of sadness in exchange for all of the laughs, and smiles, and good feelings I received over the past 9 months. 🙂


  11. I’ve been lucky enough to watch my students grow up over the last ten years. I actually had a 14 year old in my class this year who I taught when she was 6.

    Also kids remember great teachers forever, and they will remember you I’m sure. 🙂


    • Stef says:

      That’s wonderful that you are able to teach your former student, 8 years later. So fun!

      I had the good fortune to have amazing teachers (for the most part) growing up; I still vividly remember many of them. I’m truly delighted to (hopefully) be able to return the favor by paying it forward…


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