“Bye Mrs. Sherriff!”
Eve waves at me. Mom has come into the scene. We’ve been “together”, Eve and I, for the past half hour. We’ve reread a book from last week, played See It, Say It, Write It. We’ve guided each other in where to hold a paper up so the other one can see it – “No, up a little little bit Mrs. Sherriff. Yeah. That’s good.” As switch back and forth between present mode and meet mode, she’s so patient.
Eve is climbing on Mom now. She’s got her head nestled right in her Mom’s neck.
“It’s always a good day when I see you, Eve.” I mean it. My Monday is starting off right. I want her to know that she’s made difference in my day. I want her Mom to know, it matters, that she has done the work to set Eve up.
“Well, we feel the same the same about you.” Mom replies. Her words take me by surprise. I was just sharing a good bye laced with a thank you.
When it comes to teaching and learning, the power of the human connection is not only essential, it’s priceless.