edu180atl: sharmaine mitchell 8.17.11
Opening car doors, smiling, and distributing hefty doses of “Good mornings” is not the ideal combination for someone who is not a morning person, but that’s just what I did this morning. I had carpool duty today, on the first day of school. It began with a joyful greeting and a long hug from a second grade girl. I loved her daily hugs last year, and this greeting made me smile!
More hugs and squeals followed, and I was still smiling. There was one hug from a girl entering kindergarten, the same girl on the birth announcement I received almost six years ago! There was another hug from another kindergarten girl, followed by, “I missed you when I was in New York”. Could today get any better?
Insert “screeching halt” noise. I saw a girl I taught in first grade who is now entering fifth grade. I was beyond excited and couldn’t wait for her to get out of the car! I just KNEW we would share one of our legendary hugs!
No deal. She gave a slight wave and continued walking with her friends. Ouch.
There’s my lesson. Children grow up. Do I still matter to her? I believe so, but this is a natural progression.
I never taught the girl in this photo, but her hug was one of the biggest I received today, which is why my role at Trinity is so cool. After an incredibly hectic day, this is what I take home.
I still matter.
About the author: Sharmaine Mitchell (@sharmitchell) is a 29-year-old webmaster and video producer, avid swimmer, and a former elementary school teacher.