Through my grade school years, teachers taught me much more than Michigan history and multiplication facts. They instructed me in life lessons. Today I recognize the good many poured into me by scratching out this short letter of thanks.
Thanks for noticing my M & M necklace. I know it’s a fake piece of candy on a gold- plated necklace, but it’s special. Sincere compliments make a big impact.
Thanks for coming up with that bead system, the one that rewards me for reading words correctly. Sparkly things can be earned, but it takes hard work and practice.
Thanks for calling my parents and telling them about that whole kissing on the bus incident. Ahem, enough said.
Thanks for understanding that kids can’t live on worksheets alone. The world spins on whether we notice or not, but you forced me to quit scribbling on paper and notice.
Thanks for acknowledging community impacts our everyday. Include everyone, even the stinky and unlikeable.
Thanks for thinking my lopsided flower worthy of the art show. Even if you don’t win, being chosen to compete is a big deal.
Thanks for celebrating lost teeth. Stages pass quickly, and we need to celebrate each one.
What about you, friends? What grade school, life lessons do you remember?
*Any idea which faded out kindergartener is me?
- Amy teaches Special Education and blogs at Amy Sullivan.