Wednesday, January 27, 2010

She respects him



I was in the pick up lane at William's school. I pulled up to the curb and saw him standing there doing a little jig because he could see me in the van. He was standing hand in hand with Mrs. Cindy, his classroom teacher. They were both smiling ear to ear.

She opened the door of the van and handed me his backpack. She then picked up the Hubba-Bubba and put him in his car seat. I said "Hi William! How was school today?" knowing full well that he would only smile back at me instead of answering me with a run on sentence of every thing that he did in three hours. I understood the smile as "it was a good day Mom!".

Mrs. Cindy looked at William while she was buckling him into his car seat and said "William, I am going to tell your Mom what we did today." She continued to tell me about playing with cotton balls, singing in circle time and riding in the wagon. She then looked in William's eyes and said "We had a good time today, didn't we William?"

In that 30 second exchange between the three of us, I knew that she respected him. She respects that he is a person that has thoughts and feelings. She knows that even though he can not express those thoughts and feelings with words he still has them in his head, in his heart, in his mind. Mrs. Cindy could have easily looked at me and gave me the run down of the day, but instead she engaged with Will. She spoke to him as she would have any other child. She was encouraging him to participate in the conversation that I had started with them.

She treated him with respect...

and I love her for that.

9 comments:

Alicia said...

So very awesome! People like that should be the norm for our kids. But until they are, we will celebrate the Mrs. Cindys of the world!

Christine said...

I love it!!!! How absolutely awesome is that! This why Will loves his school and why he is thriving there.

Kelly said...

I love her for that too! What a wonderful and loving environment Will is in!

Kelly

angie said...

I love her too! Can we PLEASE clone her and send one of her up here:). Thank God for the Mrs. Cindy's of the world....we definitely need more of them!

Jessica mommy to Alex/ RTS said...

If they cant all be Mrs. Cindy, then they shouldnt be teaching! Im so glad Will loves school! He is adorable, such a big boy now!

Brandi said...

I am so happy that school is a good place for Will and he has people like Mrs. Cindy that respect him. She is truly amazing...I just learned something from her. Tell her thank you for me.

Hey Hubba-Bubba, Nathan is still trying to stay up with you...another pound again this month!

And...how about your slim, trim, beautiful mom? She's looking pretty awesome these days isn't she?

Anonymous said...

:) (one big smile is all I have to say)
Cousin Jenny

Queen said...

Hi Myssie! I added 6 sources for Quaker coupons for you to the Target gift card post.....Thanks for the reminder! I hope Will likes oatmeal! :)

Melissa :) said...

Just beautiful! He IS a person who should be respected, & he deserves nothing less! Good for Mrs. Cindy. :)