Me, Mommy

Teachers, Listen Up!

Hey teachers, I need to have a word with you. I have few important things you really need to hear, so please listen up. Don’t be offended if I don’t get everything exactly right. I’m only going by what I know here, not being a teacher and all, but this has to be said.

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First, you know how you wake up before the sun and get to the school early to prepare for the day, each and every day? That, teachers, is exceptional and that type of commitment must be commended with the ultimate appreciation. If you have any issues with that, we can discuss it later.

Next, the way you stand outside sweating, freezing or getting soaked by the rain to help guide kids safely into the school and then getting them safely on their way home in the afternoon should be promptly rewarded, effective immediately.  I mean seriously, what kind of ridiculous love and kindness do you have here? Every parent should be demonstrating complete gratitude for such actions.

I see you walking around smiling and greeting all the kids. Who does that? You, that’s who. Way to make it the one, safe, happy place for all kids to go. They must really love that excellent treatment (whether they get it other places or not.) Bringing joy to their hearts is just beyond admirable you guys. I mean really, could you be any nicer?

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What’s up with all the lesson planning and preparation? Don’t you have better things to do? Coming in over the summer break, staying late. I know that takes up an enormous amount of time. Just imagine all the children you will educate with that effort. You know they’ll just be eternally grateful, right? Please highly consider never discontinuing that dedication.

How do you sleep at night witnessing the children who come in needing extra love, extra clothes, extra food? The ones you need to pull aside often to make sure they’re ok. (Serious moment here.) I mean it, how do you? It’s beyond heartbreaking and you help these kids every single day. Way to be a life changer, guys.

Teachers with young kids. You use your talent and compassion to guide, teach and love other children while I know you’re missing yours terribly. The parties, field trips, ceremonies you will likely miss because you’re doing the same things with your class. Don’t think for a second that I can’t see your amazing and giant heart. I  see the sacrifices you make and they can only be defined as selfless and incredible. You, mommy teachers, are on my list, got it? You heard me, my list. It’s titled, heroes.

Let’s talk about working with parents who are overly involved with everything or the ones who aren’t involved at all no matter how hard you try.  You really deserve something big and gnarly for that job. It’s called a bear hug.

After-school meetings, supply runs with your own money, creating plans for each child, thinking about them at night and on breaks, eating a very quick lunch or none at all, corralling and keeping track of a room full of children All. Day. Long, being the boo-boo fixer, the milk opener, the spill cleaner, the homework checker, the drama negotiator, the role model, the hall line tamer, the bathroom monitor, the question answerer, the parent away from home and the million other things I didn’t list that I know you do daily. I have only two words for people like you.

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From the bottom of our hearts we thank you. You’re an inspiration to all of us and you truly have one of the hardest jobs out there.

Now, get back to work, because I know despite it all, you love it!

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