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New Beginnings

It was a hot August day that I walked the halls of this school for the very first time.

A new beginning.

I was young, very young is seems to me now looking back,

and I came to meet with the principal and to see my classroom.

That first year of teaching in Virginia was a never to be forgotten year for me.

And that first day – I can still remember-

students flooded into the school, lots of little bodies,

and down the halls to the classrooms.

Curious. Full of energy. Some children very chatty

while others only stared. Fear written all over their small faces.

I remember standing there before my wide-eyed first graders

and wondering how in the world I would be able to teach so many.

But those boys and girls smiled and somehow their acceptance of me

encouraged my nervous heart and calmed  my uneasiness that year.

Books and papers. Going over simple procedures.

Names on each desk. A simple story. Brief introductions. Crayons and pencils.

And before I knew it

they all got on their busses and went home.

Day one complete. Relief.

Yes, more than twenty years of ‘first days’.

Standing at the door and welcoming children.

Warm supportive principals and staff.

Every year was different.  New challenges.  Changes to be made.

But always we did it as a school working together.

I remember the many, many volunteers

that shared their time

to help the teachers.

For it takes everyone’s help, doesn’t it, to do the job right?

Eager learners and some not so eager.

And then my mind races forward to those years of

watching my own daughter walk down the long, long hall

to her kindergarten classroom

and being met by the nicest teacher. Lump in throat moments.

Colorful bulletin boards.

Everything so bright and inviting.

And then another daughter walked the halls

bookbag over her back

and she, too, became a student.

I can see it still so clearly.

Yes, each new year brings waves of memories and excitement.

The sound of buses rolling brings a tinge of sadness.

Another year. A new group of students. Learning to read and do so much more.

Let’s help to make this year the very best for all the boys and girls.

We all can help in so many ways.

Volunteer to help in the classroom.

Be supportive of the teachers and staff.

Eat lunch with a child and listen to them share their day.

Above all

let’s encourage all those who are working to teach the children.

For these are our schools and these children are ours too.

Don’t miss the adventure of a new year.

Step into the action and lend a hand.

You’ll never regret it.

There is wonder and shining moments galore

inside the walls of every school

for those who look for them.

 

 

 

Let’s Do It

Just do it, I heard Him whisper today.

Yes, go ahead and do it.

Don’t worry about doing it perfectly.

Don’t fret about how well others can do it.

No, my child, just go ahead and do it.

The desire had been there for a while

but things kept getting in  the way.

Distractions without

and within

but the longing would not go away.

It would not be stilled.

So, today, I did it.

I finally took that first step.

What about you?

Is there something that you’ve been longing to do?

A poem that’s never been written

a story still waiting to be put on paper

a call that you’ve been meaning to make

a visit that pulls at your heartstrings to do.

Well, just do it. Break off the chains of resistance.

It’s time to take that first step.

Join me, won’t you?

Together let’s follow His Call, put feet to our talk

and let’s do it.

Cheers of jubilation will fill the air

as a cloud ofsnowy days 7 unseen witnesses rejoice.

 

Shining Moments

There are two days that I will never forget.

   Although the years have come and gone I will never forget that first day

   when I stood before my wide-eyed first graders

  for the first time

  as  their teacher.

It was in a small elementary school in upstate New York that I began my career.

And although I had prepared for weeks for that special day

  I still felt so small

    so unprepared

    so completely inadequate. Fears and jitters all over the place,

But before the day was over

   I was ‘in love’.

With my students

       my fellow teachers

       my calling.

God knew just what would thrill my soul and I loved being a teacher.

For twenty one years

    class after class

    I taught. Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, History, Science, Music and more

Shining moments all over the place.

There was always something new

                                some fresh discovery or achievement.

Precious students. Precious memories.

I still hold them in my heart today.

Then there was another day

   that I will never forget. No sealed in my heart forever

   is the day I closed the door to my first grade classroom

  and walked the lonely hall for the last time.

It was not an easy decision

   matter of fact it ripped my heart.

I knew that I would miss the sound of the school bus

     The laughter of boys and girls

I knew that I would miss being part of the team of teachers.

Something like teaching gets in your bones

   but I had discovered another need

   a need to teach people how to live life at its best

  a need for skills in building healthy relationships

  and creating a purpose filled life.

So with my eyes looking forward to the countless lives

    that I would teach in the years to come

I walked

   away from teaching first graders

   to teaching individuals of all ages.

One slow step followed another as I walked that darkened hallway so many years ago

A necessary ending

    opening  the way to a new beginning.

Two days that I will never forget.

Two days that shine with their own beauty and brightness

    as I look back on my life.

Life is made up of beginnings and endings.

Catch their beauty as they shine. Cherish it.

Let their memories brighten today with gratitude and joy.

Today I am so privileged to coach individuals who live in distant places.

Still cheering them on

Still helping them succeed.

Hold onto the treasures of yesterday

   live today fully breathing in all its richness

   and look forward to great tomorrows

   as you walk with Him.