Change is difficult. When Missy moves to the town school it is an emotional time. There was fear of the unknown, new academic challenges, being accepted, and being rejected. In writing this story line, I pulled from childhood memories of my own. When I moved to a larger town in the second grade, I experienced all these feelings. The move was made easier by my teacher. She was kind and beautiful with short brown hair and brown eyes. Her smile made me feel welcome as she modeled for the children how to be accepting. Her loving nature gave me comfort through the transition.
As I was writing, I contemplated changing her name, or description, but I wanted to pay tribute to this gracious woman. In our lives people come and go, many have an impact that is significant, but they never know. I want to acknowledge Mrs. Dennis. She touched my life and left a lasting impression. She helped a little girl come into new environment and feel special. I have only fond memories of that first year in a new town and new school. Thank you, Mrs. Dennis, at Washington Elementary.
I encourage you to take time to reach out to someone who made a difference in your life. Even a child can see the importance of kindness and appreciate it forever.
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Santayana