Which is more touching ?

August 10, 2007 at 9:08 am Leave a comment

Which is more touching ?

Watching your child in a school play, or watching your child’s teacher love them just as much ?

I had one of those great “flash” moments this week watching Taylor in a “Storybook Parade” at her school. One of those things I’ve come to appreciate as a dad. Every child in costume, each with their own unique and cute personalities. One by one they walked out in storybook costume, said their names, who they were dressed as, and what book the character was from. Jodi and I did as most parents do when Taylor started her walk across the stage: you forget what’s around you. Although there were 30 cute children and 90 excited family members around, we had momentary tunnelvision on Taylor. She walked to the mic, said “Hi I’m Taylor, and I’m Mary Poppins.” Her face, her glow, and the costume are a snapshot in time now that I never want to forget.

Watching the teachers was a gift too. Each one taking the time to choreograph, smile, reassure the nervous preschoolers before they began their strut. You could see weeks of preparation went into this 45 minutes of parental bliss. So 30 children, 30 costumes, and 30 stories later, the parade came to an end. Just then one of the teachers walked up to me and said “I take pictures and write notes about all the kids I teach and keep them in a scrapbook. I do that because I hope I’ll run into them when their grown up just to see how they’re doing.”

For some reason that really touched me, and made what was already a great morning because of my daughter even more rewarding. The love a teacher has for their students; a true, caring, nurturing love. Grown up now (nearly 40) I saw first hand the real reason teachers are some of the biggest blessings we have. It’s a desire (and gift) that comes from deep within-and I know for this teacher, it’s not just a job. It’s an opportunity. It’s a one-by-one opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life.

So when I look at Taylor’s Mary Poppins parade picture, I’ll remember two things: how special it was to see her on stage that day, and how special all teachers are everyday !

Have a great day—drop me a line ! Murphy

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