My hand shook as I lifted the glass to my lips and repeatedly checked my phone. My husband reassured me that everything would be okay but this was my baby we were talking about. The one I left not even thirty minutes ago crying as I walked out the door. The restaurant was packed for a weekday breakfast. Our goal was to kill time until my 11 month old son finished his trial time at the day care we had picked out for when I returned to work that following week.
My son graduates Pre-K this upcoming weekend and will be going to a new school. How can we say goodbye to a place that has helped me raise this little guy through his toddler and preschool years?
Dear Day Care,
Four years. How can four years fly by so fast?
When we first began, my son clutched his little stuffed puppy dog that you all reassured me he could keep with him. This way he had a little piece of home at all times accompanying him as he adjusted. You knew he was a picky eater because I was so stressed out since he would only drink his bottles and eat shredded cheese. Thank you for encouraging him to try different foods even if most of the time it didn’t work out. Within weeks, he was on a nap schedule and slept on a cot which shocked this mom! Never mind that he barely even napped for me while I stayed at home with him for ten months. I still can’t get over how you all can get a bunch of little ones to stay on their cots. That’s a super power right there, I am sure!
Everyone knew his name by the end of the first month including teachers that were not assigned to his room. Puppy dog and my little guy were famous and he LOVED the attention. Not quite sure where he gets that from…
He made friends that he considers his best buddies today. My son has learned about playing, taking turns, and sharing. He may not always be good at some of those things but at least he knows what they are.
His teachers through the years have been amazing. They are there with quick hugs and so much patience. When he has been sick, they have taken care of him until I arrived. My son has a love of learning that is there hugely in part because of your staff. Long live the “bus book” and the look on his face every time his teacher read it that year. Everyone is excited about what they teach and he carries that home with him. Lucky for us, he also shares a thousand more questions about everything as well so we don’t get entirely left out. Haha. Like I said, lucky us.
When it came time for me to drop off my 7 week old daughter, I brought her in the baby room, kissed her goodbye and went to work. There was hardly a worry in my mind because of the trust I had with everyone that works there and especially the two teachers in her room. It was wonderful to watch her move up into new rooms with some of the teachers her big brother had.
I will miss the holiday shows where my son runs off the stage before the first song has been sung. It has made for some entertaining videos. Fingers crossed he will make it through the graduation ceremony. I am bringing a box of tissues and hoping my husband will not be embarrassed by the scene I am sure to create.
We loved all the mommy/daddy themed gifts and have saved EVERY drawing and project that has come home. Okay, well most of it. It started to be a lot. The hand prints will be forever cherished. Mostly because I pull them out these days to cry and wonder how time has gone by…
There are a lot of theories out there about day care but to us, it has been priceless. While we work, our children are in a good place. We have enjoyed getting to know the teachers, staff and are so grateful for the values, love, and care that have been shown to our kids.
That last day as we walk out the door will be hard because of how you all have filled our hearts.
The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book. ~Author Unknown
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