Old teachers, new teachers

Yesterday was Charlie’s last official day at Fedkids. I almost made it through the day without tears. It was only saying good-bye and giving hugs that brought crying at the last minute.

After sitting down last night to draw pictures for Maggie, Jackie and Ryan–his Teddy Bears teachers–he said, “I think my teachers are going to miss me because I’m going on vacation.”

Yes, I said, we are going on vacation. (If I can ever get us packed and out the door–maybe tomorrow.) But we won’t be back to Teddy Bears for a long while. We may visit in a few months.

He nodded his head, then said, “I think Matrice [my boss] will miss you when we’re on vacation. And my teachers will miss me.”

I’m sure they will, I said. Vacation is a lot more understandable than graduation, I guess.

Then this morning we had a home visit with Charlie’s new teachers, Sally and Sharyne, from Greene Hill School. They were extremely gracious and welcoming. We had to fill out an information sheet for them to take back with them, and one of the questions regarded Charlie’s interests. I try to pay attention to what he likes, but sometimes I get it wrong. I wrote down several things, the top two being music and animals.

He really hit it off with his new teachers, telling them all about his Sesame Street dolls (the whole lot of them), about how we were going to cat-sit for our friend Hudson’s cat, about his puzzles and Legos. When they asked what he liked to do in his play room, he said, “Play music.” And when they asked if he had any questions about his new classroom, he asked if there would be pets.

I was glad to see I’d written down the right things!


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