Slice of Life Stories hosted
What does one need to know in order to throw a great celebratory party?
Delicious food. Check.
Fine wine. Check.
Great people. Check, check, check.
A standing ovation. Check.
A little rockin' music. Check!
Last Friday night, three teachers from my school celebrated their journey of teaching. Planning such a night can be bittersweet. It's a celebration of their dedication, hard work, blood, sweat and tears for a combined total of 102 years! Yet, uncertainty as this BIG chapter concludes . . . all the while knowing many new chapters are waiting to begin.
It was such a special evening to honor these three women through words and songs. Story after story after story that was shared, confirmed their dedication to teaching and compassion for kids. As Auggie (the main character in Wonder - by the way, a MUST read!) states:
"Everyone deserves a standing ovation at least once in their lives."
And I completely agree -- these three women deserved the cheers of acknowledgement. Teaching is more than just a job. When it comes right down to it, it's about making connections with kids. It's about always believing, providing a pat on the back, a word of encouragement. It's about being there, gently pushing kids forward, knowing when to slow down. It's about providing opportunities to learn, to show, to practice, to do independently.
I can only imagine the roller coaster of emotions all three almost-retirerees are feeling - excitement, of course! There will be so many things they will miss, like the kids, colleagues, learning, and laughing. Yes, there will also be plenty that they will not miss, and that list is a lot longer!!
What a journey it has been and I'm glad I was able to enjoy the ride with you for a couple of those 102 years!
Cheers to you three!