As the end of the school year draws closer, I am reminded of Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s book, “Goodnight Moon.”
The book details a bunny’s bedtime routine in which he says good night to the things in his life, significant and insignificant.
I am reminded of this book because our oldest child, Peyton, is saying goodbye later this month to his elementary school years at Ridgeview Elementary School.
He is saying goodbye to the building, classrooms, lunchroom and library, but more importantly, to a group of teachers who have helped his life in amazing ways for more than four years.
Just a few of those are Mrs. Hildebrandt, Mrs. Zehner, Mrs. Durham and Mrs. Baker.
All of these folks work day, and sometimes night, to prepare students who enter their doors for tomorrow and beyond.
With Peyton, it has not always been easy, and they sometimes have a thankless job. For their efforts, I want to tell them thank you for all they have done.
Sometimes in life, you also have to say goodbye to people who have made a large imprint, and not just an impact, in your life.
My son has to do that now with Mrs. Reed, the music teacher at Ridgeview.
Yes, I am sure that Mrs. Reed and Peyton’s paths will cross at various times in the future, but the daily contact and respect Mrs. Reed has given Peyton will no longer exist.
However, I’m positive the lessons Mrs. Reed has given Peyton will last the rest of his life, and I can’t tell you how much Jamey and I appreciate that.
As we prepare for Craig Middle School, and they prepare for us, we are sad to have to say …
Goodbye building. Goodbye classrooms. Goodbye lunchroom. Goodbye Ridgeview Elementary.
Goodbye teachers who have meant so much to our son.