It's also the sweetest of all experiences.
|Author/Illustrator Debbie Clement + Kindergarten Artist|
Once Upon a Time......
there was a sweet kindergarten child who was excited and looking forward to school.
One 'Magic Monday Morning' there was to be an author/illustrator coming!
She learned all about the author. She learned of the illustrator's love of color.
She learned of her affection for rainbows.
So before that Monday morning ever came to pass?
She asked her teacher for materials to prepare a gift.
A rainbow. Many colors.
Monday arrived and she was able to give her original artwork to the illustrator --
to keep forever!!!
They posed and smiled together before the fun began.
They used sign language.
It was indeed a magical morning.
It was also over all together too soon.
Forty five minutes?
It seemed they'd just begun?!?
In the transition of saying good-bye to 80 kindergartners, it would have been very easy for the polka-dotted lady to 'forget' to say good bye to the young artist, but there was an adult tap on her orange shoulder in the midst of all the hustle-bustle of lining up.
As the author turned around......... she saw tears.
Great big crocodile-kindergarten tears.
Sincere, genuine heart-felt tears.
The kind of tears that keep educators forever working-with-children.
The magic moments of Monday were about to transpire.
That's Denise on the left in the picture. She further introduced me to Caitlin of Kindergarten Smiles fame -- that bright smile on the right. How fortunate for them to be in the same building and be able to support one another in all of their efforts. I think the picture conveys just a tad of our excitement to meet in person. It was Denise that captured the pictures above, the ones worth a hundred thousand words.... for which I will always be grateful! Thank you!
In a school of this size, to move 27 classrooms of children through a library, there is a mastermind at work in the front office. I take my hat off to administrators and principals who are flexible to make a day of this magnitude happen. There are schedules to tinker with, recess to rearrange, lunch times to tweek. Special thanks!!! You stand high and proud, above the crowd.
STICK YOUR NECK OUT!!!!!
Make a difference!!!!!
-- Debbie --
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