Lest you think I’m all down and grouchy on school and teachers, I just want to take a moment to offer my profound gratitude to a teacher. Day before yesterday on her way home from school, C. took a detour to our local elementary school and after an absence of many, many months visited the beloved magnet enrichment teacher there.
Can I just say how much I love that woman? That evening I could sense C.’s happiness as told me all about their catch up session, how she not only filled her former teacher in on all her high school news, but also her sister’s homeschooling and my work. Because not only does Ms. Wonderful *love* my kids, she also loves our whole family. This is the woman who said years ago that she would always be there for C. and M., that she’d be there at the milestone events of their lives. And she will be, if I have my say. She’ll be the one cited in the Academy Award speech, singled out in the State of the Union, who’ll be front and center at the Nobel Prize ceremony. She was an absolute lifeline for C. from third grade onwards and continues to be a support and sounding board for her. She gets C., and gifted students (and yes, she’s had lots of specialized training in addition to being gifted herself.)
And not just C. C. told me that while she was there chatting, another former student stopped by–he’s applying to teach at this school. There are always former students popping in, and Ms. Wonderful makes time for them all. That evening I e-mailed Ms. Wonderful to follow up on some good information she’d passed on for M. and she replied
Hello! It was WONDERFUL to spend quality time with C. She is a treasure! I am glad that M. is doing well and enjoying home schooling. Please tell her I am proud of
her! …. Love to all of you!
No, Ms. Wonderful. You’re a treasure. We just need more like you, with the freedom to work your magic.