Saturday, September 8, 2012
Ahhhh....Saturday. After the long week (who decided having our back to school night and our fun run back to back was a good idea anyway!), I had planned on devoting the day to as little movement as possible. And then I was invited to go on a hike with the two little gals pictured above.
I got dressed and followed them through the wooded area. They were full of sassiness and giggles. They had stories and jokes. They turned a simple walk into an adventure. And the lead the way the entire time.
It's impossible to describe how much I love my three nieces and my nephew. Being their aunt is truly the most important, most rewarding, most fulfilling role I will ever have in my life.
It also makes me a better teacher.
I have pictures of my nieces and my nephew in my classroom. They aren't there to make me think of them. I think of them all the time. They are there as a reminder of the person I need to be.
Every second I spend with kids in my classroom with kids, four of the most important people in my world are in classrooms with teachers. I want those teachers to love them when they are hard to love. I want those teachers to see the looks in their eyes and know what they need. I want those teachers to embrace the quailities that make them special. I want those teacher to know that every story (true or not) is important. I want those teachers to just make them feel loved and respected.
I look at their pictures and I am reminded of all the things I want for them. I think of the two special boys in Colorado. The sons of two of my cousins who are in kindergarten. I become inspired. I try each day to be the teacher that I want for the members my family. There are days when I'm not going to succeed. But my nieces and my nephew, the boys in Colorado, and the 35 individuals in my classroom help me to strive to be more.
So thank you, E and little b, for leading the way today. No one loves you like I do!