We made it. We made it through our first week of school, with a room full of toddlers. This week was super chaotic but it was also so beautiful to be in the middle of the whirlwind. Even though there were a lot of tears throughout the week; we were gifted all the smiles, laughs, hugs, and snuggles. Working with toddlers is not for the faint of heart. Everything changes, everything – constantly. It requires you to be nurturing, loving, carefree, a “don’t take yourself too seriously” attitude, hugs, patience, and all the warmth.
Most may know this, or not, but I went back to work last year. Micah and I both knew I needed a change in scenery, but I was also not wanting to give up my time with Thurman, especially his first year of life. I was given the gift of not only being able to bring him with me to work, but to also have him in my class. Win, win. I work at a Waldorf inspired school here in Houston, and it’s absolutely amazing. I was always curious about this type of schooling but for whatever reason, never truly looked into it till this job offer. I grew up with Montessori and really love the history behind it. Waldorf Education is a lot like Montessori – a lot of the same principles, but still so very different. I feel like Waldorf Education is dreamier than Montessori, but BOTH are absolutely amazing if you’re able to 1: find a TRUE Waldorf/Montessori school 2: can afford it.
So back to what this post originally was supposed to be about – surviving our first week back. I’m going to try and keep this short, and will also aim to not be too sappy. But, lets be real, I’m really freaking sappy with the ones I love and care about.
I am sooooo thankful for this girl – she is pure magic in my class. The best assistant I could have ever hoped for, but also a wonderful friend. Thank you, Emma, for all that you do for me, for our class, and for my sweet boy. I am so incredibly proud of you, and it has been such a joy watching you grow this past year into this amazing woman (still growing). You are a gem in our class and to me, and I honestly don’t know what I would have done without last year and what I would do without you this year. Thank you for loving on my boy whenever I can’t, when you know I’m knee deep in loving all the other babies. Thank you for genuinely bonding, nurturing, and taking great care of him. Thurman is truly lucky to have you (and the other teachers outside of our class) in his life. Thank you for always cheering me on when a lot of the times I feel like a complete failure or stressed about the simplest things. You have helped me grow so much, not only as a teacher but as a human. You push me to be better. You make me laugh when I’m not in the mood to laugh and you get me when I need my space – you never take it personal. Emma, thank you for coming back and for joining me, again, on this crazy journey with all these beautiful kiddos. Thank you thank you thank you, times a million, for all that you do and for your continuous support. You were made for this. I can’t wait to see this crazy, beautiful year unfold – I know it’s going to be a good one. I truly adore you.