Notes from Jan

Back to School.

September 4, 2015

Back to school.
Basil, his new blue backpack and I trudged off to kindergarten yesterday.
He held my hand as we walked.
It helped me.

The young woman at the door introduced herself as the teacher’s assistant.
I smiled a knowing smile and said, “Ahhh, happy to meet you. I’m Basil’s grandmother.”
After Basil raced into class, I told her that my grandson has another name for her.
“He calls you the undercover teacher. I’ve pictured you with a hidden S under your cape.
She felt her day’d been made.

After school, Basil showed me a small white lunch bag with his name perfectly printed on the outside.
Probably the work of the Undercover Teacher.
The sack contained special reminders about life in kindergarten including:
“A rubber band: Kindergarten helps us stretch, grow and be flexible.
Bookmark: Discover the wonder of reading
Pencil: Use this to write your words and numbers. Use the eraser because we ALL make mistakes.
Paper cutout of an apple: Take good care of your health. Eat good foods and get lots of sleep.
Outline of a hand: Our hands are helpful and kind.”

There was more inside that small paper bag that hinted at the tone of this classroom, the goals and hopes for this teacher and those entrusted to her.
This was not just a job.
How fortunate for Basil and the other children to be taught by someone who loves what they are doing and those for whom they are doing it.

As for Basil’s grandmother, I’m still in school.
Learning to walk without the hand that steadied me for so many years.
Grateful for any undercover teachers God sends my way.
Many came this past year when Jud and I found ourselves in an advanced class not of our choosing.
Life does that.
Jud aced the final.

I’m still studying.
Hoping to do better this year.
Thankful for another day, another chance to stretch, grow, read, remember.
And, when I get it wrong, I know where to head.
No eraser can touch a talk with the Primary Teacher.

“Show me the right path, O Lord, point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day.” (Psalm 25:4 NLT)

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