As summer draws to a close the preparation in schools is fast and furious.
We’re getting ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome students back to school.
We’ve pulled out our schedules and our plans. We’ve pulled out the furniture and the area rugs, the white boards and journals. We’ve pulled out the books and the writing papers. We’ve pulled out the welcome signs. We’ve pulled out creative ideas and fresh thinking.
Soon the big first day will be here. And on that day, it’s time for us to pull out just one last thing.
Its time to pull out the LOVE.
It’s time to reach out and embrace each and every child as they cross that threshold into a new year.
The excited ones and the terrified ones. The eager ones and the hesitant ones. The ready ones and the disorganized ones. The curled-and-primped-in-new-outfit ones and the ragged-and-dirty-in-hand-me-down ones. The healthy-breakfast-nutritious-snack ones and the hungry-and-hoping-for-lunch ones. The wiggly active ones and the aim-to-please ones. The demand-your-attention and the try-to-stay-under-the-radar. The can’t-wait-to-learn and the can’t-wait-to-leave. The hopeful and the disappointed. The used-to-having-it easy and the used-to-having-to-fight-for-it. The resilient and the fragile.
Yes, soon the children will arrive. Every beautiful, brilliant, somehow special one of them. Soon it will be time to open our classroom doors; but more importantly our kid-loving-hearts.
Soon we’ll know each one as so much more than just a name on a roster. Soon we’ll start to discover what it might take to make this year their year.
Some call it differentiation . . .
But in the early days of the school year, I simply call it LOVE.
The children are coming.
Time to pull out the LOVE.