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.”
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.”
pathfinder school, traverse city, michigan, usa
(not my actual class, but what they might look like
if they weren’t preschool students
if it was back in the day
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.”
image credit: ann arbor district library archives
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.”
photo credit: bored panda
back to school today
back to the kinder
who are not limited by conventions
and are open to the future.
not this year’s class, but quite similar.
“I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school.
firsts are best because they are beginnings.”
image credit: neatorama.com
the last day of a wondrous school year.
“how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
– Winnie the Pooh
and the rest should stay back?
sign found by the parent drop-off circle
at my school in the morning.
from a class the night before
but it works in the morning too.
“you cannot have the drama without comedy.”
a wonderful morning
filled with skating
and happy screams
most of all
just having fun
and sharing the day
after the mad fun
time to warm up
and enjoy treats
some of the little ones
began to realize
head back to work
and a bit of worry
as we said goodbye
and hiked back
the tears flowed
and the wails were heard
and it was
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