Saturday, August 25, 2012

Did you see her?

Did you see her?

Yeah, the special needs teacher who previously composed this blog on a regular basis. Most likely, her followers think she’s vanished off the face of the Earth which wouldn’t be far from the truth. 

SHE actually thought she dropped into the abyss as well, but closer to the truth; she has been cleaning, purging junk, organizing and transforming her classroom for the preparation of the precious children under her tutelage.

Existence flanked by the clear out and entrance of students was undetected and the days just rolled into one another. However, with great anticipation that first day the kids appeared where she silently questioned ‘Where in Heaven’s name did the good Lord steer the passage of her ship?’

I am familiar with the situation because that ‘her’ is me….

Fast forward to today-seven weeks later where she, or rather I, can now declare with certainty I am in love! The Cross Categorical Kindergarten I now teach is a perfect landing spot.

One of my little guys is C- who has autism and can be described as intelligent, self-serving and determined as well as warm, loving and sensitive. These qualities were never more evident on Wednesday of last week. It was dismissal so of course it was raining. As his number was called we vacated the safe domain of the building into the soft showers. At this point, he looked at me and said, 'you don't have an umbrella' to which I affirm his observations.

He reaches to his head to remove his hat and asks me to bend down as he places his hat on my head. Warmth envelops me as this petite four year old proceeds to wrap his head with his slight arm to remain dry. My heart melted and I realized every part of my being is captured.

Is it easy? By all means that is an emphatic NO! I don’t recall a point in time where I worked so intensely from the start of the school day to the final bell.  Nevertheless, the rewards have been abundant. 
"The journey is the reward."
Chinese Proverb


Jen Forbes said...

Welcome back. I missed you! So glad to hear you've been engaged in doing what you love. Can't wait to hear more :)

From the Kitchen said...

Welcome back and with such a sweet story! I hope it will be a good year for you and your students.


Kim said...

Awww, how very sweet. That story makes my heart smile

TexWisGirl said...

thank you for sharing the warmth. :)

Chatty Crone said...

So sweet like you - I too am glad you are back. sandie

Mamma has spoken said...

It's a good thing you appear in my google reader ;o)
Yep, those little ones can get into your heart and stay! I had a little girl on Friday tell me how the day before she waited and waited for me to come and pick her up for speech. Made me chuckle and I reminded her that her speech days were Tuesdays and Fridays. She looked at me with a puzzled looked on her face and replied,
"I get that now!"
Love that she missed seeing me...

Susie Swanson said...

I'm sure it's been quite a task to get the year back up and started..Hope you have a great year..Susie

Old Kitty said...

Awwww welcome back!! The thing with blogging is that it does get quite addictive to the point where it's totally bad for one's health!! I'm working on blogging when I want to and not because I feel I have to - it's very hard to shut the internet down but I'm working towards that!

Yay for a fantastic and wonderful start to your school year! Take care

Maggie said...

Welcome back =)
Glad to hear you are so engaged with your work!

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

So good to hear from you--I missed you! I am so glad you landed in the right place and are having such a wonderful experience. It sounds very intense but rewarding.

Out on the prairie said...

My 1st year not having pangs for those starting their 1st of the year start.I have been away for 3 yrs.

Daisy said...

It's so nice to see you back, Tracy. Sounds like you've had your hands full. This is such a sweet story! Thank you for sharing it. Very heartwarming. I'm glad things are going well even if it has been a tremendous challenge.

Lin said...

Glad you are back! Ready to hear more stories. :)

Teresa Coltrin@Journaling Woman said...

You're back! School does keep a body busy. :)


LTM said...

That is fantastic news! So glad you're in love with your special class. :o) The world needs more teachers like you!

Have a great year~ <3

Sherry Ellis said...

Welcome back! Loved the story. Hope you have a great school year!

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Inger said...

This story touched my heart. My sister had special needs and I love people who see the beauty in children and adults with special needs. And I love it even more that you are working with these children. I know they will bring you a lot of joy, as you will them.

Pat Tillett said...

What a great and moving story. It made me feel good reading it. Long time no see. Hope you are doing well!

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