2008-06-05 / Letters to the Editor

'We don't outgrow milestones'

As I complete my 21st year of teaching first grade, I had a touching new experience last week. I believe this is worth sharing with our community.

I answered a knock on my door at Collins Elementary to find a young gentleman on his last day of school before graduation. Right beside him stood his mom. They were holding long stem roses; one for each of the teachers who had helped him reach his goals over the years. That, in and of itself, was touching; but what I found even more remarkable was the presence of his mom. So often we see moms at school taking pictures of their children on their first day of school with a tear in their eye. The reason is obvious. The first day of school is a big day in the life of a child, a milestone, something to be shared by a parent. Never before in my career have I witnessed a mother marking their child's final day of school. I have to admit it wasn't only the parent that had a tear in their eye that day.

A child's final day of school is a milestone in their life as well. I am certain it meant a great deal to that student that his mother was still there to help him celebrate his big day.

Teachers, like the students they teach, learn new things everyday. I want to thank that mother and child for teaching me that we don't outgrow milestones in our lives and for showing me the importance of having someone we love standing beside us to help us celebrate.

s/Anjanette Rusmisel Houghton Lake

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