To the teachers of the world who give yourselves to help kids, you are light.
Today my smart, talented, darling boy met with a reading tutor for the first time. See my boy, he’s 8, but he has a hard time reading.
We’ve gone over letters and words and we’ve snuggled over books, but the words don’t always click. I see him furrow his brow and tears corner his eyes, and I know that look: defeat.
He can’t make himself read. He can’t figure it out like he can figure out how to ride a skateboard or do his math problems or learn cursive. But that boy is smart and passionate, and so when I told him I was going have him meet with a tutor, he was glad. He wants to read. He told his sisters recently that his favorite subject in school was reading. He added, “I just don’t know how yet.”
And so I called her up, Mrs. K, and she said she’d meet him even though her time was limited. See, she’s in her 70’s and she taught for 40 years, but now she’s retired. She now chooses to give her time to helping kids like my son figure out how to make sense of the letters. What a gift.
Today we had our first session.
And as we were going over some paperwork she said to me, “Pray for me that I have the energy for this.” I smiled, but then I saw why she asked. She gave herself to the work. She was fun and used Legos to help him in her creativity, and she made reading a game and she made him feel like a million bucks. She won both our hearts.
As I watched her magical way, I had the thought, maybe I should put my kids in school. She did crafts and was so patient and kind and creative and I’m not so much. I have such respect and esteem for teachers like her. But then I remember, I don’t teach alone. I can choose to surround my kids with many lights…many teachers and creatives and kind ones who give themselves to good work.
We’re in this together ya’ll.
It truly does take a village. And I thank God for that, for the variety of gifts and strengths He gives to us.
So to the teachers and the moms and the creatives and the inspirers and all of you and all of us, I just wanted to say to you today,