I had Miss Taylor for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade, and we had a special connection. She had beautiful blond hair and a quiet disposition. She was shy and very nervous when we first met. She remained quiet, but she was always sweet. She made so much progress and “grew” in so many ways. She will always be one of my favorites.
I am now friends with both her and her mother on Facebook, and I see regularly that she has grown up to be a beautiful person both inside and out.
Our bond was confirmed when I recently received this message:
The picture that made the shoebox?
This picture dates back to 2003, when I ended the school year on maternity leave. After 13 weeks of bed rest, I came in to see my class with my baby boy. I had given each student a tiny 2×3 photograph of him. Obviously, it meant a lot to Taylor. And it must have also meant a lot to her mother ~ to share this moment with me.
Looking at this photo, I am amazed it has been almost 12 years, and that Taylor is 21. This is just a reminder that we should cherish every moment, because the time is passing by… so very quickly.
*Title from the lyrics of Kool & the Gang’s “Cherish” which, oddly enough, I played for the kids two nights ago after dinner. Earlier that day they had gone to the Skate Place, a childhood hangout of mine, and I was reminded of this song. They didn’t appreciate it so much, but I sang my heart out.