My Son’s teachers brought over the remains of his cubby from school and the rest of his work for the year. It killed me.
You should have seen the way his face lit up. He loves his teachers and friends, he misses his school and can’t wait to go back. He was looking forward to so many things. We all were.
I brought in his items from school, that my Son’s teachers lovingly packed up in a brown paper bag, wrapped with plastic. There was a note from his teachers, some of the work he had completed through out the year, and two certificates for completing the schools reading program and his religion class.
These things he would have gotten at his kindergarten graduation.
I am broken. He is broken.
Later that night as he was getting ready for bed he was going through the bag that his teachers packed with care. He found the contents of his cubby.
“I’m not going back to Kindergarten to LL2 Mom…am I?” He said as he was crying.
So I just held him in my arms. We sat there and cried together before bed. We talked about all the friends he made. The memories from his class in LL2. He talked about his teachers and why he loved them and his classroom so much.
Kindergarten is hard. Especially this year. Yes, seniors have been cheated. Cheated out of graduation. But don’t forget the little ones, the ones that are reaching milestones too, and the teachers that have worked so hard for our children to REACH and achieve the milestones.
I told my son he will be a big first grader next year and that LL2 is just down the hallway. That he can visit anytime. I don’t think my child will ever forget the hard lessons he learned this year. He knows what it is to feel disappoint and loss, something I think we are all feeling during the COVID pandemic.
Hold your kids close. If its one thing this has taught me, yes this is hard for adults. Even though your kids might hide this well, this is really hard for them too.
They also learned to love…
To spend time with family.
Spend more time with nature.
Appreciate and talk to their friends daily.
Share their feelings.
Take nothing for granted.
Relize that regular people are heros.
Be the light.
Pray then love again.