April 5 – “Be The Mirror”

I have concluded that the most important job at my son’s school is to be the teacher on duty at the kiss ‘n ride. They are on the front line of a child’s transition from home to school. As each child hops out of their mom’s SUV or their dad’s mini-van, there is a fleeting moment to make an impression. The words out of the teacher’s mouth at that moment, have the potential to set that child up for a great day. When a teacher, even if it’s not that child’s teacher takes a moment to comment on their choice of hat, or notice the picture on their backpack, that child walks into school feeling a little better about themselves and the day ahead. We can’t assume that every child climbing out of their parent’s car has had a good start to the day. Imagine if a teacher said to a little one who may be feeling fragile, “I love your smile, keep smiling today”? It takes so little time and effort to notice someone and give them a compliment, but like ripples on a pond, the effects can be far reaching. John Joseph Powell in a book entitled, “The Secret Of Staying In Love” wrote, “it is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his/her own beauty or perceive a sense of his/her own worth until it has been reflected back to him/her in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.” Everyone likes to be noticed, it is the way that we affirm our place in the world. If no one ever noticed us, we would soon doubt our very existence. To the teacher’s standing out in the cold, at 8:30am, perhaps wishing you were inside with your hands curled around a coffee mug, you have the great opportunity in front of you – the chance to make someone’s day before the day has barely started. Notice the hat. Comment on the backpack. Be the mirror.