Sometimes I am so caught up in meetings and reports that are due that I miss the years when I could just spend time with the kids.
Today was one of those. We were preparing for our annual audit and I was buried in paperwork and reports to review when there was a knock on my door. I looked up to see a parent who I had known for many years. She had a bright smile on her face. I got up from my desk and went out to the hall to give her a big hug. Her name is Evelyn. Evelyn said that her daughter, Christy, was out front in their truck with Christy’s new baby boy. Evelyn wanted me to come and see him. I walked out to the front of the school listening to Evelyn talk about her family, kids and grandkids.
Christy had graduated from StarShine 4 or 5 years ago. I had known Christy since she was an 8th grader and had attended her wedding a couple of years ago. Her brother, David, also graduated from StarShine and was now finishing his college degree. Her younger brother, Dillon, still attended school with us.
In Christy’s arms was a beautiful baby boy. I think he was about 3 weeks old. As I stood there and talked with the family, I realized that this was the real meaning of schools and the reason I enjoy being an educator -- educating children, watching them grow up, spending time in the community and sharing special moments with parents.
We talked for about 15 minutes and then I said good-by and went back to preparing for our audit. However, for the rest of the day there was warmth in my heart and a smile on my face.
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