One of my storytime regulars said the nicest things to me today – so nice that I just had to share them, though I know it comes close to blatant self-promotion…
This storytime regular (who drives in from another town) has been coming to my storytimes for a few years now, first with just her oldest son, then with both of her sons once the younger was born. Their family has come to my Mother Goose on the Loose storytimes for a long time, and then the oldest son grew older and they also started coming to my Storytime for 2’s & 3’s. And today they tried out my Art & Stories for 4’s & 5’s for the first time. As the kids in the group settled in to their art project, this mom came up to me and said, “Abby, you are phenomenal. You’re good with all the ages – some people are only good with one age, but you’re good with them all. You’re phenomenal.” She went on to say some other really nice things, all of which made me feel appreciated and understood in a way that I haven’t in a long while.
And then later we were chatting again as I rinsed out paint-filled Chobani containers and messy paintbrushes. I mentioned that my mother had been a teacher, and that she had always wanted me to be a teacher, too, grooming me from an early age; Mom even brought me with her to work when she was a preschool teacher and I was ten or eleven, putting me to work with the kids and talking me through how to work with them. “The sad thing is,” I said, “my mother never lived to see me in this job. Which is a shame.” And this lovely storytime regular said to me – bringing tears to my eyes then and now – “I bet your mom knows exactly what you’re doing, and that she’s watching and smiling down on you.” And then she went on to say, “It’s definitely in your blood, teaching. You’re a teacher-librarian, that’s what you are.”
So here I am tooting my own horn, but also expressing gratitude to someone who did what we all should do more often, but don’t: telling another person that you value and appreciate them. It’s such a great feeling to know that you’re making a difference in the world, because I know that there are many days that go by where I’m not sure if what I’m doing is having any impact. Today, happily, is not one of those days. Today I am reassured that what I do every day is worth doing. Thank you!!!