All My Children

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You know how I love my kids in my class. This last week was a toughie. What these kids have to deal with.....

One had to be removed from school because he has a degenerative respiratory disease and an immune system that can't even fight off the common cold. We're hoping he can come back in the spring. We were all crying.

One had to choose whether he wanted to live with his grandmother or his mother. He chose his grandmother because she can take better care of him and his disabled brother. He won't be seeing much of his mother because she and his grandmother get in fistfights.

One lost everything in New Orleans.

One lost her dad last year and sometimes cries all of a sudden.

One cries for his mother, who took his sister and moved out, leaving him and his baby brother with the dad. The dad is great, don't think he's not, but he wants his mom.

One has a brother who had a severe head injury and will be going into surgery in two weeks.

One has ADHD so bad the medicine doesn't help.

One can barely read, and was denied special ed because he's soooo low.

I love being a teacher, but I'm also a mother, tutor, social worker and friend to these kids. Some days I'm the only stability they have.

But heaven help them if they don't pass the state test :P


Anonymous said...

Thank goodness they have you, Mary. Teachers don't receive enough recognition for what they do.

Bonnie (who is standing up and clapping for Mary)

Anonymous said...

I know, Mar. Sometimes the things my students tell me breaks my heart. All I can do is hug them when they cry, and do what we can as a community to help them.

And damn right about the state tests.


Trish Milburn said...

I totally agree with Bonnie. It's amazing how much difference an amazing and caring teacher can make in a child's life.

Shesawriter said...

Teachers, mothers and fathers are three of the most important influences of a child's life, yet sport's people get paid a million times more than the three combined. There is something wrong with this picture.


Anonymous said...

Oh, do I know where you're coming from. But at least they have someone to lean on, a support who gets them through the hours in the day. Hats off to you!

Nikki said...

Wow - that is a tough week. I don't think I'd be able to handle all that heartbreak. It's great that you're there for them Mary!!!

MJFredrick said...

I'm doing what I can...sometimes I'm not the most patient or sympathetic ear for these kids. I'm working on that ;)


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