When I was a little girl, I felt lost amongst my new family. My mother had gotten remarried and started to have children with her new husband. We also moved 30 miles away from new school, which severely limited the amount of time I could spend with my “in-school” friends.
Fourth grade was a hard transition… new school, new city and no ability to see any friends after school. My classmates had obviously been friends forever and since it was a Catholic school, they had all been in the same class for the last three years.
My saving grace, my angel, my fourth grade teacher was a God-send. I looked forward to going to her class every day because she was attentive and loving. She was inspiring, even to a young girl like me. She had gorgeous red curly hair which was often damp in the morning. I asked her about it one day and she said she swam every morning at 5 before coming to school.
I got up at 6 a.m. every day and I couldn’t imagine getting up earlier… or getting up to work out before coming out in the morning. I was in awe.
Her teaching style was patient, kind and clear. She expected the best from all of us, and made sure that we had the opportunity to showcase our strengths. I remember our class newsletter where I was a writer and editor, and the artists drew the pictures, and others were the journalists and reporters.
I honestly can’t remember one conflict in that class between the students or the teacher and student. I don’t recall any student being sent to the principal’s office or anything being escalated.
At the end of the year, she gave me a gift, I think that it was a pair of earrings. I’m sure they weren’t expensive, but I felt so special that she had thought about me and bought me something “just because” since it wasn’t coming from my home.
A few years ago, as Facebook started reconnecting everyone, I found some friends from that class. Not only that, the classmates that were found also had very similar experiences. They loved her too. We all loved her so much, that we had a fourth grade “reunion” when she was in town. We met right across from our school at a bar that one of our classmates now owned.
That night was fantastic, about seven months pregnant with Bee, I saw people I hadn’t seen in years and we spent the evening trading stories of love, appreciation and respect.
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