From The Storyteller
Hello All: This week's story Photos is about the people who loved you enough to return. Enjoy, Doug
“Awe, that is so cute”, Elaine looking at one of my childhood photos while sorting through a box marked pictures. We’d moved it from house to house over the years and never looked inside. A little more digging and my first two weeks of first grade story had proof.
The first Shoemaker Monday story I wrote in September 2016 told of my first two weeks of first grade. I wrote about the letter my teacher (Mrs. Sommers) wrote to my parents advising them that I had successfully carved my name in the top of my wooden desk with the metal end of an eraser-less pencil. Along with the cute picture, Elaine found that original letter.
Finding that letter naturally caused me to thank God for all those first-grade teachers, who return to their classroom each morning knowing they’re going to spend another day facing a curious hyperactive “Doug”.
I know it’s patience, courage, and love that got me, and a lot of others like me, through first grade.
Which brings me to all teachers returning to the classroom. They all have stories from the crazy, pandemic driven year just past, and they know they face the possibility of having another crazy year, and yet they still speak with excitement about being back in the classroom with “their” kids.
If you have a moment, look at some of your school pictures. They can be from preschool, primary, middle school, high school, or college. Then think back to just one or two of those days when your teacher(s) might have gone home wondering about returning the next day.
Smile - because they loved you enough to return and pray for them as they face their new year.
Moral: Love is shown in many different ways.