I have had a very interesting week. Stars are starting to align for me. A friend today said, I’m not superstitious but I think something amazing is about to happen for you. Really? I hope so. I don’t want to jinx anything, but damn it universe, I am DUE!
This may be old news to some of you but new to others. 20 some-odd years ago I was a Pre-school Teacher in an Edmonton Suburb where BMW’s and Audi’s were way more common than Escorts and Civics. I learned many, many things about myself, both good and bad. I had made huge mistakes but also made enormous good choices. I was in my early twenties. I was bright eyed and bushy tailed, I loved my job. I loved my students. I made amazing connections with these young 4 year olds. They taught me plenty. Many times over the recent years I thought about what a different world I work in now, yet still thought about these individuals and wondered how their life turned out.
Studies show by having a positive preschool experience can lead to success later in life. These children are more likely to stay in school, and move on to secondary education.
Over the past little while, former students have been showing up in my life. I am taking a class with a mother of a former student. How did I remember this mom 21 years later? Her child had a profound impact on me. We connected on a level that I cannot explain. I have thought about her many times over the years. I even considered naming ChatterBox after her. I discover she is about to graduate from a university program and about to become the type of professional I work with everyday. How surreal would it be if she ended up in my staff-room? Secretly, I would love that.
Yesterday I went to my Pharmacy. The Student Pharmacist had her name embroidered on her lab coat. I looked at her face, and knew who it was. I hadn’t seen her in 22 years. Her brilliance as a four year old astounded me then. Yet here she was explaining to me about possible side-effects. I said “I think I was your Pre-school Teacher” She looked at me as if I was bonkers. I said, “you were allergic to milk and peanuts. I could only give you rice products for dairy and I wore an epipen everyday – just in case” She became all excited and said “I out grew the milk allergy!!” YAY! I told her to say hi to her mom for me and was happy she had been successful at school. She replied with, I really loved preschool.
That made me smile.
I have met several other children over the past two weeks that I use to teach, about 7 in all. I love the way their face lights up as they remember me.
Yesterday I registered Genetic Offspring for High School. He had a grade one teacher who made tremendous impact on him. She loved science, taught my son why you should love science, and he never looked back. Talking with the school counsellor yesterday, she convinced him he really needed AP Science, then she would let him take Chem 20 as an option in his second semester. My
little boy man-child went to bed incredibly excited to start grade 10. His head swimming with plans to study math so he can succeed beyond expectations in physics. He will do it. He has had some amazing teacher mentors that inspire him.
Thinking about the effect one person can make in your life can be overwhelming. For me personally, there is one. This is person I will be eternally grateful for. They taught me I matter, my feelings are important, and showered me with all the support and comfort I needed during a time when I really didn’t think I mattered all that much. I haven’t spoke with this person in a really long time. I need to send them a note to let them know how grateful I am. I challenge you to do the same.
Meeting past students brightened my days this week. I know I didn’t get them through University, but I like to think I may have helped. Actually, I know I helped one in particular, because she told me so.
Next stop on the Edmonton Tourist Journey…Thank-you-ville