For a minute, I thought the best job I ever had was coaching color guard. But I was wrong. When I was 20, I got a job at a daycare, and I learned what it was to truly care for a tiny human being.
I had just moved to Tennessee because my husband had gotten stationed there. He deployed that September, and I opted to stay in the state so that I could get a job and get back to school. The first two weeks were the worst because I was home alone all day long.
Then, I got determined. I knew I wanted to work with kids, and I found a vague ad on Craigs List asking for teachers. I applied immediately.
I actually got a call about my resume within about three days. I went in the next day for an interview, and I fell in love with the little daycare. I didn’t even make it home before they called me to offer me the job. I was going to be the lead teacher of a two-year-old classroom.
These kids were amazing. They all had their own little personalities, and I had to figure out tricks for all of them to make sure they were happy and on-task. I will never forget some of them:
Ashley, a needy kid, made me read “The Napping House” at least once every day.
Brody’s mom would marvel at the way I got him to listen because his favorite word was “no.”
Sophie Grace had so much attitude, and she was always all up in my business.
Ali was a struggle. She would cry when it was time to clean up, saying “I can’t! I’m tired.” That southern drawl coming out of that little mouth was the cutest. She never had to help clean up.
Abby was so quiet and meek. I could never reprimand her for anything.
And little Piper was such an easy kid. She was willing to try anything, and she never complained.
I will never forget that job. Those kids really affected me. I learned to love those kids, and it broke my heart when I had to leave. I would love to go back to work at a daycare, but I’m scared it won’t be the same as my previous job. I would hate to be disappointed.
Until that time comes, I love taking care of my own little one. I’m hoping to add another to my family next year, and I look forward to when I am given such a blessing.
Until later, everyone!