Forgive my burst of sudden sentimentality (well, for those who know me quite well, you guys know I’m a sap, meaning I cry over puppies and newborn babies)… but this week is really happy yet hard for me.
Next week, two of my preK classes are graduating. I work at two sites, one is a paid internship and another is an unpaid one, but same workload nonetheless. So, my students are moving up to kindergarten and it’s not easy. It’s never easy to say goodbye and never really possible to prepare very well for it. But yeah, it’s hard.
In my one class, the kids are learning sign language and I get taps during the day with some of them just signing, “I love you.” to which I sign back, “Thank you.” It’s quite adorable especially when one said, “You are the one I love a lot teacher.” or “I will miss you as much as a tree misses the sun in winter” *cue in waterworks ._.*
In my other class, they have been extra snuggly and cuddly lately. I’m talking about all of them. They have been giving a lot of hugs and touching your hair and face a lot. It’s quite emotional (don’t judge me :D)
In both classes comes a lot of artwork and letters that get put in my apron or in my bag. My students are giving me their memories or making pictures for me or writing my name.
This is a sad and happy thing at the same time. I’m excited for what elementary school holds for these kids. I’m praying for each of them, that God works in their hearts whether it be softening their hearts for truth (preparing the soil for planting so to speak) or with encouraging the growth to maturity. This is one of the things this is about, and admittedly this is my first group to graduate here in the US (i’ve been with them since they were three) so it is quite an attachment.
But to many more groups of kids to learn with!! I’m excited. Ever since I started this work, God has just been opening a lot of doors and for that i remain forever grateful. You truly are my life. =)
“Train a child in the way they should go, so that even when they are old, they will not depart from it.” - Proverbs