“I don’t like the Lego movie either. When it comes on, I just turn it to Fox News.” – This quote did not come out of the mouth of a teacher. Nope, a six year old said that to me and two other teachers this week. Of course I laughed (and began writing his quote down immediately). One of the other teachers piped in, “Well, as long as it’s not MSNBC.” The boy and teacher looked at each other and smiled, sharing some inside joke I know not much about.
School has been busy as always, but I’ve been blessed with a student teacher the past month. I get to keep her until March 1st and then it’s back to one set of hands. A little girl told me the other day that it’s like I have two sets of hands now that Miss Sarah is around. Very true.
I’ll be the first to admit, and I told Miss Sarah right up front, that I really didn’t want a student teacher. It’s a crucial time of year with testing lurking around the corner, and the thought of turning my class over to a college student was daunting. I also told her that I believed that sometimes things happen for a reason, and that if God put her into my life, there was a reason for it.
Never doubt His reasons. He placed a human into my life so level-headed and mature, so ready to work. When something is amiss, this girl tackles it. No being shy, no wondering if it’s her place. She jumps in and figures out what needs to be done. Sarah is a very mature soul in a young body, a natural-born teacher. She’s kind, calm, loving but firm, and my kids love her. And I do too.
Honestly, I remember being her age. I remember having my first classroom at her age. A year older than her, I had my first child. I look at Sarah and know that I’m old enough to be her mother. And yes…all of that freaks me out. Inside, I don’t feel old enough to be my student teacher’s mother! I mean, come on – I still feel 30-ish most days.
I look at Sarah and thank God young, vibrant souls are entering education. I’m thankful that these women want to teach. I’m thankful that our community has a college that is producing such well-rounded, highly qualified wanna-be teachers (you’re awesome, Martin Methodist College). Because these teachers will one day take our places. These young, happy, light souls will one day soon slide into the rooms that many of us are retiring from or simply leaving for other endeavors.
Maybe God sent a young soul my way to remind me that there is a cycle, that the world keeps turning and progressing, even as I get older and my time grows shorter in the classroom. Maybe God wants me to learn that it’s okay to jump – jump into new fields, new opportunities, new changes. There will always be new life to take the place of the old. And from what I see, this new life is ready to tackle the world.