Today we will celebrate LOVE in the classroom. But I wanted to take a moment to send you a letter - a love letter - to share the deep affection I have in my heart for your child.
First of all, I want you to know that I truly and deeply love your little person. Not because he’s so cute (but oh, he is!) and not because she’s such an amazing student, but because I am called to love them. And like you, I love them more than superficially. I love their strengths and talents, but I also love their weaknesses and failures. I love them when they have a runny nose and I love them when I’ve explained for the zillionth time why he has to complete his homework and yet he still brings it in incomplete!
I see myself as your partner in this effort of raising your child. I will spend almost as many hours a day with them as you do! I do not take my responsibility lightly. I will hug them when they need it, dig in my purse for a snack if they forgot one, bandaid their knee after a fall on the playground. I will do my best to support everything you teach at home, especially when it comes to their character. I will tell them they are remarkable and special and a total rock star, and that I believe in them even when they don’t believe in themselves. I will gently correct them when they falter and do my best to set an example worthy of their following. I will cheer them on and value their heart and never, ever do anything to damage that.
I have a vested interest in your child, and I can’t wait to watch in wonder as they grow. I will shed a tear at the end of the school year, and my heart will ache for your student and this class. But I will feel an amazing sense of pride in your student when my peers tell me next year or many years from now all the amazing things your child is doing and what an amazing leader and friend they are. I will look for them on campus and never pass up an opportunity to let them know that I am still invested in them. I will watch them grow and quietly celebrate with you at milestones like graduation.
So today, on Valentine’s Day, please know that your child has a permanent place in my heart. Thank you for sharing them with me, and thank you for allowing me to claim a little part of their heart as well.