Words Are Not Enough

It has been a year and a half since we finally got Kaitlyn zoned for the school she goes to now.  It was quite the challenge, but persistence paid off, and Amber and I are happier every day that we kept going to bat for Kaitlyn.

I have shared how we approached the tragedy in Connecticut from last Friday, but I wanted to share more.  Amber and I were worried that the events would be discussed in school today, and we were worried how Kaitlyn would respond.  Amber emailed Kaitlyn’s teacher, and received a nice response.  Shortly after she sent it to me, all of the parents in the class received an email from the teacher, and I wanted to share part of it.

On a more serious note, in light of what happened on Friday, I want all of you to know that your children are my number one priority while they are here with me at school. This tragedy has hit way too close to home, as both a teacher and a mother. I have sheltered my own boys from the news this weekend, and intend to continue to do so, as long as they don’t have any questions. I have not spoken to the students in class about it and will not do that either. We are taking precautions at school, such as locking our classroom doors, and will be having a lock down practice when we return in January so that the students will be prepared should anything happen.

I went into education because of my love of children, and I continue to teach because of that love. I hope and pray that I will never be faced with the decisions that those teachers had to make.  I love your children as if they were my own, and I thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to nurture and take care of your babies each and every day. Please let me know if you should have any questions or concerns about this or anything else.

There are no words that I know to express my gratitude.  First and foremost, Kaitlyn’s teacher is a mom, and she has a son who is Kaitlyn’s age, and it was nice to see that their family approached the topic the same way we did.

I want you to read the second part of her email again.  “I went into education because of my love of children, and I continue to teach because of that love. I hope and pray that I will never be faced with the decisions that those teachers had to make.  I love your children as if they were my own, and I thank you so much for allowing me the opportunity to nurture and take care of your babies each and every day. Please let me know if you should have any questions or concerns about this or anything else.”  How does a parent like me express how much her words mean?

I had teachers like her when I was in school.  I consider some of them to be friends today.  While it may be just a wish that every teacher will be like this, or like the ones I had, it is teachers like the ones Kaitlyn has had and the ones that I had that make a difference.

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