After sharing a tear or two before the morning bell with my classroom intern, Ms. Brown, I knew that we needed to gently tell the class and embrace the moment in order to have closure. The kids needed it. Ms. Brown and I needed it.
We gathered our little guys on the rug and told them. And then we talked. We talked about the best parts of Jeano that Mrs. Pearce could share with his new teacher. Here's what some of my friends had to say...
- He was always kind to everybody.
- He shared his castle with me in the sandbox.
- He was always good.
- He was a friend to Andrew. (Said by Andrew in 3rd person).
- He will always have us in his heart.
His new teacher called me to talk. It was wonderful. I was able to share every single wonderful word that my little ones had to say about Jeano. And that was plenty.
“Saying goodbye doesn't mean anything.
It's the time we spent together that matters, not how we left it.”