Every child who comes into my classroom leaves a mark on my heart. Some of those marks are deeper than others. Two years ago I had a girl who left a deep mark on my heart. She was smart as a whip and just as sassy. Her home life is not ideal but everyone is doing the best they can. After she left my room and went to first grade she still stopped by everyday to say hi and tell me how she was doing. She and I butted heads a lot but she respected me. She is in second grade now and has turned into an amazing young lady. She is respectful, sweet, smart, tough, beautiful and honest. She is the best big sister. She goes home every night and tutors her little sister to make sure she catches up with the rest of the kids.
This year I had the privilege of teaching her sister. I made sure she was in my class because I didn't think anyone else would appreciate her or love her like I would. I was right, she is like her sister in a lot of ways and definitely the baby sister. She has struggled but come a long way. Everyday she touches my heart with her smile. She is funny, inquisitive, sweet, loving, and beautiful. Her older sister shields her from a lot so she's much more innocent.
Both girls love to give hugs and say "I love you often". They are children that I'd take home in a second if I could. I love them.
Today will be both girls last day at my school. I knew this was a possibility but the reality came crashing down on Tuesday. Nanna came to school to tell the 2nd grade teacher hoping to not have to tell me; I saw her in the hallway and she couldn't get away. I knew by the look in her eyes that their time at our school was coming to an end. Nanna cried as she told me the news, I cried too. They are moving about an hour away and I'm heart broken. As of Tuesday, the girls didn't know they were leaving our school. Today will be very difficult but I will make sure when both of those girls walk out that door they know that they are loved and no matter what they can always come to me.