Sunday, October 31, 2010

All The Days Are Special

I know how to get fancy, concocting elaborateness in our preschool classroom, at least a little piece of me motivated by the idea that I might knock the socks off the moms and dads who walk through our doors this morning to see something they've never seen before, like a milking cow, or a balloon cage, or a cookie tree, or a mat maze.

And the kids, especially the older ones, the Pre-Kers who've been hanging around this place for three years or more, they've started to get it, that this is a "special day" because it's the one during which we melt metal or pour concrete.

I'm ashamed to confess that I too often get lost in this grown-up head that I carry around up here where the children don't live, and forget that all the days are special.

These are the days on which I put one, then two, then three bears upon a red block.

And when I calculate there's no room for a fourth bear, I put it aside . . .

. . . and sit back to feel for a brief moment those emotions, and think those thoughts, about what I've just done.

Then we pile everything into our friend's stroller and she takes them away.

You don't have to hang out with 2-year-olds to be reminded that all the days are special, but it helps.

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Elle Belles Bows said...

How very true! Fabulous post! Kerri

Time For Play said...

Thank you, a much needed reminder.

Unknown said...

Every day is special. I am so thankful for this reminder.

Scott said...

Whenever I spend time with young children, something happens that reminds me that I should find the "special" in each day, in each experience. Thanks for the reminder.

The Knitty Gritty Homestead said...

Drew a tear from this busy mom/kindergarten teacher.

jackie @ Happy Hooligans said...

This was beautiful, Teacher Tom. It ties in to the status that I posted earlier tonight:' "You never know when you're making a memory". We grown ups tend to think that the big moments are the memorable ones, but who knows what moments our little ones will look back on one day as their most treasured memories.