This is how summer started and how it’s ending. Now, we hand off our finest creations to teachers everywhere who are beyond thrilled to spend money out of their own pockets to decorate their classrooms for our little sticky, smelly, monsters.
They’re pumped for pink eye, lice, devices, and whatever will take over fidget spinning this year. Maybe obsessive twirling or tossing lunch sacks in the air and seeing if they land on the teacher’s head. Who knows?! The possibilities for distractions from learning are endless.
As the school year gets underway, here’s a general thank you note for teachers everywhere, signed and approved by this parent, who is thrilled to shove my two inquisitive children out the door. They are so ready to learn. They’ve been asking me questions all summer like;
“What are we doing today?”
“Can I play video games?”
“Why are you so mean to us?”
“What are we doing tomorrow?”
“What are we doing after we do what we’re doing?”
“How come we don’t do anything?”
They’ve done absolutely no reading this summer. Whatever you sent home at the end of the school year was burned and used to roast marshmallows. You’ll have to bring them up to speed on silly things like reading and math, but they’ve got the important things down, like who can run faster to the mailbox. Who can eat a newly stocked pantry in one hour. Who can scream the loudest. Who can cry on demand and who can prolong anything like grocery shopping, going to bed, or getting in the car.
They’re ready to learn, because whatever rules and learning was instilled in them has been washed away by the chlorine of summertime.
So, to teachers everywhere I say…
Thank you for teaching. For putting up with our kids and with us. Some of us are real meddlers. Some of us should meddle more. We know a Starbucks card for Teacher Appreciation Day doesn’t even come close to giving you enough gratitude for navigating a million different emotions, state laws, new curriculum, and a myriad of personalities in the classroom and the Administration. We thank you for communicating on-line, in-person, in paper, via loud-speaker, and the town circular about the money being due for the field trip and still being kind to us when we say we didn’t get the message. We thank you for all the quiet moments you take with our kids. For all the things that don’t get seen or heard. The things that can’t be measured but are felt. The boost of confidence. The lightbulb moment. The belief in our kids. All the extra hours you spend at school physically and mentally. All the hours you spend away from your family and friends physically and mentally. We thank you for being brave enough to teach in this day and age when the line of discipline is thin and hard to tread. We’re grateful, because there’s no way we could do what you do.