When I first visited the Early Childhood Center, ten years ago, I was amazed at all of the action going on. The energy was a buzz with children painting, cooking homemade applesauce with Linda, chasing after bunnies or zooming cars around on a road that cut through a city built out of blocks.
I said to Thumper, with his extremely high energy and a knack for making very messy wonderful paintings, that I thought we had finally found him the perfect school, his third pre-school in his two years of living.
As he got older, his energy increased but Linda never stopped for a second to complain, always greeting him with sparkly eyes and an all knowing smile, for that is what she thrived off of, the ability to direct a childs energy toward the world of imagination and play.
As the years went by, I began to question her on what kind of academic learning he was getting. She never failed to enlighten me with her knowledge and philosophy that kids learn best through experience. She was always calm, always patient.
Now Hootie-Hoo is walking over the rainbow bridge to take all that he has learned up with him to the big school and into life and I am having a very difficult time accepting that this is the end of a long and wonderful journey. A journey where I absorbed important values and life messages from all of the teachers here who I would list individually if I had the time.
These two rooms down here are magical and nurturing and everything I could ever have dreamed of for my three rambunctious boys. I will miss visiting this safe and wonderful world three times a week and I will miss you Linda for always making sense out of every tantrum and every enigmatic behavioral crossroad.
I thank all of you from the bottom of my heart for filling us and our boys with this wonderful sense of self that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives and I thank you Linda for cooking up the most incredible learning center and providing me and all of your teachers with the necessary ingredients to bring out the best in us and our children. I love each and every one of you truly, madly, deeply and I will miss you.