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Friday, September 18, 2009

What I Really Meant

Dear Bear's Preschool Teacher,

I realize that I told you at orientation that I wanted you to tell me if Bear is not ready for preschool. That he's a young 3, a runner, and not very focused. I told you to please tell me if you think I should pull him out, wait a few months, and then try again.

I know I said that.

But, what I really meant was that I know he's young and that it's not going to be easy for him to sit still during circle time and always be doing what he should be doing.

I don't actually want you to tell me that he shouldn't be in school. I don't want you to tell me to pull him out of school.

I want you to tell me that he's sweet. Because he is. Have you noticed his gorgeous smile? How he has the best smile?

I want you to tell me that he'll get it, that it will be okay.

I'm a terrible eavesdropper and I know that you have a little boy in your class who HIT you. When he did that, did Bear ask you if you were okay? Because I'd be willing to bet that he did. I bet he even gave you a kiss.

I know you have a little boy in your class who has wrestled everyone else in the class and whose mom thinks this is okay.

I know that there are two little girls in there who cry hysterically when their moms leave them at school and continue to cry for the first half hour of class and that one of them cries everytime you ask her to do something.

And yet, you smile and nod encouragingly to these parents.

But, I see the look in your eye when you are telling me about Bear not participating.

I know what is coming.

I talked to him after school today about what is expected of him at school.

He burst into tears, threw himself in my arms, and said "I sorry, I sorry!"

If you kick him out, I will be the one bursting into tears.

Give him time, please.

Bear's Mom



Blogger Chief said...

oh, does he like it? If he likes it, he should be allowed to stay. My kid had the hardest time.

Just be patient and pray that the teacher will be patient too.

September 18, 2009 at 7:17 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

He LOVES it. And, while I know that it is distracting to have him walk around while he should be sitting, he's not doing anything bad other than that. It would be different if he were running around yelling or hitting kids, but he's just sort of in his own world.

I'm really hoping that she can be patient with him. It will break my heart to have to pull him out of school.

September 20, 2009 at 5:29 PM  

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