Category Archives: school

no one knows.

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oh, audrey, class of 2020 –

this harkens back to my days 

in the 70s

painting on my best friend’s parents’ new car

(my parents said absolutely not)

proudly plastering on

the glory of our days in school

the coming glory of our leaving

driving around all day

in the hot sun

 noticing with surprise

when we scrubbed it all off

 even though the paint was gone

the sun had baked our message on

the marks from the paint remained

never able to be truly washed off

memorializing our message into eternity

 my friend’s parents with an equally surprised reaction

 at least audrey painted on the windows, not the body

she will go far, that one. 

 

“no one knows what’s a good idea or a bad idea until you try it.”

-marc randolph

bear.

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while visiting my niece’s school

in the beautiful woods of northern michigan

i realized that it wouldn’t be

a real end of their school year goodbye

without a bear to see them off.

 

 

“but of course, it isn’t really good-bye, because the forest will always be there…

and anybody who is friendly with bears can find it.”

-a.a. milne

 

 

 

 

 

pathfinder school, traverse city, michigan, usa

today is…

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(not my actual class, but what they might look like

if they weren’t preschool students

if it was back in the day

and

if they were leaving an actual school building)

 

HAPPY LAST DAY TO ONE AND ALL, LOVE YOUR TEACHER – WE MADE IT, AND I SALUTE YOU!

“today is the first and last day of forever.”

-stephenie meyer

 

 

 

image credit: ann arbor district library archives

 

keep the heart touchable.

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doing virtual early childhood parent-teacher conferences online

did not feel natural

but i give parents so much credit

some went to elaborate lengths

to find a space and time

where their child wouldn’t find them

so we could openly talk

and share stories

about how their child

touched our hearts this year

we talked to parents

in a closet, in a basement, up in an attic room,

and those who sent their child off on an errand

some waited until their child was asleep at night

but one thing was the same

this was a wonderful group of supportive, think-on-their-feet parents

who kept our connection with their children going

even from a distance

as we all navigated our way through this uncharted territory

and we were so lucky to have them as our teaching and learning partners this year.

 

“in a world where the great technologies enable us to record, replay, cut and paste, zoom in, and delete –

listening is the crucial commitment to keep the heart touchable.”

-mark nepo

 

 

 

photo credit: bored panda

the trail of tears.

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it was

a wonderful morning

filled with skating

and sliding

and parents

and teachers

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and tumbles

and laughter

and happy screams

were heard

and

most of all

kids

just having fun

and sharing the day

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and

after the mad fun

it was

 time to warm up

and enjoy treats

and then

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some of the little ones

began to realize

 that parents

had to

head back to work

or home

and a bit of worry

set in

and

as we said goodbye

and hiked back

towards school

the tears flowed

and the wails were heard

and some

were

walking

and weeping

and clinging

as if

parting forever

and it was

dramatic

and

so full of love.

—-

ever has it been that love knows not its own depth

until the hour of separation.

– khalil gibran

image credits: jkurtz