open doors.


one kinder opens the door for another after making sure it is safe for him to go

the bittersweet feelings of being part of our multi-age class

most of the children don’t see themselves as being

different ages or stages

and may not yet see

that some will be moving on

to the higher grades

where they will have the chance to grow

in ways they have yet to imagine

and some will stay with us

for one more year

where they will have the chance

to be the leaders and teachers

to the new little ones joining our class

what we all know without any doubt

is that we are one

 we will always keep an open door for all of them

to safely come and go as they need

and as some leave and as some stay

our journeys continue another day.

“if I look back when I begin to leave, will they remember me?” 

― adam young, owl city

31 responses »

  1. How poignantly you describe that time in life when moving to the next stage happens so clearly and quickly. I do remember when I was about 7 years old looking back to my “younger” years and missing it.
    It’s reassuring seeing a younger one beside you, seeing how far you’ve come, that you’ve made it so far. Even now, at 66, when I see coworkers who are 10 years younger struggling with the same issues I did then, I realize the same thing. I’m growing “up” 🙂

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  2. You took the words out of my mouth, Beth. Last day of school today. Multi age class. Those who have been with me for two years are strong leaders and learners. Goodbyes are difficult. ❤️

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