Thursday, May 28, 2020

A Letter to My Daughter #SOSMagic

Dear Megan,

It is hard to believe nine years ago you made a decision that would set you on the path to where you are today. When you said you wanted to become a teacher, many people questioned and criticized your choice. You were a 4.0 student and people couldn't believe "you wanted to be a teacher."

But I knew. Mommas always know.

Last week you finished your 5th year of teaching. You know what that means? You beat the odds. Many teachers don't make it past five. I know the first year was rough and honestly, I didn't think either one of us was going to get through that one. 
Isn't she just the cutest third-grade teacher!

I have never seen you teach in person, but I have seen the love you have for your students and the love you put into making your classroom a safe and happy place for them to be and to learn.

Today, as I was driving you around town to deliver your student gifts, I did something that I never told you about. I rolled the window down and listened. 

Just listened. I watched the surprised look on their sweet little faces when they saw you standing at their door. I heard the way your love poured from your heart and into your words. "Hey, buddy! Do you know today would have been? The last day of school! I know this isn't how we wanted it to be, but I wanted to share it with you anyway."  

I saw their faces light up when they opened their gifts, specially chosen for each one. I watched them smile as they looked at the picture in the frame, documenting your time together. And I watched you stay 6 feet apart when I know you so desperately wanted to hug each one of them. It took every ounce of strength I had to hold the back the tears. 

Seeing you on those porches today with your students, I know why you became a teacher.

And I couldn't be prouder.

Love,
Mom


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9 comments:

  1. Your mom heart is overflowing and mine too as I read this. Well done Megan and Leigh Anne. There are some lucky students in Vincennes.

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  2. This is such a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.

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  3. Wow. I remember when Megan went into teaching. What a celebration! I hope she reads your post too ... you both must be so proud! You set a
    beautiful example and she decided to pave her own way. Mommas always know. 💜

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  4. I remember that first year and some hearts united in prayer. Thank goodness for teachers like her and mamas like you!

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  5. So much love in this post. Your daughter's love for her students. Your love for your daughter. The love of teaching. Beautiful.

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  7. This is beautiful. Like Ramona, I remember praying for Megan during her first year of teaching. I'm so glad to know she is still going strong. The genre you choose -- a letter to Megan -- makes the moment so much more intimate and special. You are giving each of us a gift to get to glimpse into Megan's teaching life. Love & hugs, Ruth

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  8. I love the deep respect you have for your daughter - her profession - her deep passion for the children in her care. Thank you for this celebration. With teachers like Megan, we have MUCH to celebrate!

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  9. This made me tear up. Congratulations to your daughter on five years--that is a huge accomplishment. This post is such a sweet tribute.

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