A letter to those who love my kids

December 14, 2012

I don’t know you. I mean, I don’t really know you.

Yet…

I have learned, by watching your example, that it is possible to be so passionate about helping children that you sacrifice personal gain.

I handed over my future to you. Three different times, I cried as I placed a defenseless creature into your care, got into my car, and returned to work.

I bawled even harder when the time came to move them from your house to preschool.

I witnessed your influence on my children as they began to rattle off their ABCs, color within the lines, and sing hymns of praise.

I am in awe that you are as proud of their Christmas program performances as I am.

I give praise that you teach them about God and how to love their friends and enemies.

I am grateful that you allow me to interrupt you at any moment of the day to check on how my children are doing, as if they are the most important people on the planet.

I ask for forgiveness for rarely reading the newsletters, study guides, and graded assignments you send home.

I thank you for recognizing strengths in my children and for pushing them to maximize their potential.

I thank you for organizing every PTA meeting, classroom party, and fundraiser.

I thank you for being willing to not only prepare my children for the real world, but also to protect them from it.

I thank you through my writing because it’s the best way I can express my heartfelt gratitude.

I thank you on behalf of every child whose voice is silenced.

I thank you for doing a thankless job.

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10 responses to A letter to those who love my kids

  1. 

    Wonderful

  2. 

    That is beautiful & everything I’ve always hoped my childrens babysitters & teachers would know I meant by the tiny gifts given at Christmas & the end of the year. Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • 

      Thank you for commenting, Jaimie. I am glad this message resonated with you. I don’t express my thanks to everyone who touches my life nearly enough. The horrific series of events on Friday felt like a punch in the stomach. May we all pray for the victims and their families.

  3. 

    I have been blest with 3 AMAZING teachers who have taught me how to work with ALL children, Mrs. Donna Rector, Mrs. Laurie (Effle) Field and Mrs. Sue Bailey! I will FOREVER be thankful for what you taught me! I love my JOB:) as a Special Education Paraeducator!

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