Caterpillar Power

On a recent windy afternoon, an apple tree in my granddaughter’s secret garden fell down. As you can see from the picture, the tree was the one guarded by our giant pink caterpillar. The tree wasn’t large and there wasn’t any damage to the house or the fence. Just a crack and down it went, boom. The rabbits are delighted. The tree was covered with almost ripe apples, so the rabbits are having a hay day eating all of the free fruit.
Several teacher friends came over for the first of what I assume will be many FACs. I could tell they were back in school and already needed to de-stress. Stories of promised computers that have yet to be hooked up, meetings, meetings, and more meetings gradually gave way to laughter, raucous laughter, and ping-pong. What a nice way to end the first week.
How many tears will be shed this week? Kindergardeners start school here and that includes my oldest grandchild. My neighbors plan to put their twins on the bus and then follow the bus to school to make sure the kids get into their classroom. I understand and I remember. I cried too. It is such a monumentally big step allowing someone else to be in charge of your child. The first of many such steps and none of them will be easy or feel right until a few days go by and everyone’s comfort level begins to rise.
And so the cycle continues. The seniors graduate and a new crop of kIndergardeners begin. Take a moment to thank a teacher. They have the ability to make such a positive impact on our children, to inspire, to teach life skills, to be the listener when no one else will, as well as teach them the subjects we weren’t great at.
Think about how much easier it is for you to do your job when you get an occasional thank-you. Teachers are the same and they hold our future in their hands.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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1 Response to Caterpillar Power

  1. Tammi Kale says:

    Very inspiring to me as my granddaughter starts kindergarten next week as well. She is so excited.

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