Words are Gifts

Hello Teacher, Hello Mum

“Hello Ms. Juliette,” beamed from the lady whose eyes shone above the mask.

It was the end of a school day here, in the scorching heat after the long flight down the stairs, from our third floor tower.

Our route down the narrow stairwell at the side of the building, cleverly earmarked for second and fourth grade students, to keep us socially distanced.

Following the green arrows plastered on the pavement, that takes us to the assembly area for each grade: I trotted to my station along the raised paved path where students walk in line to their cars.

On my trot, I heard a faint, “Hello Ms. Juliette.”

I stopped and noticed my student, with a woman that looked like his mother, (a parent I have chatted with on Zoom a couple of times) and his sister.

This is the first week of face to face school, it is also the first time his mother has seen me, away from the screen. I’m sure O had tapped his mother;

“Mum this is Ms. Juliette.”

Mother had a smile in her eyes and whispered daintily, “Thank you Ms. Juliette.”

As sweet as her son, I could tell where he acquired his passion and love of people and school.

It was a few seconds and a few words but that meant everything. I waved, mimed, “thank you too” and ran off for my duty.


6 responses to “Hello Teacher, Hello Mum”

  1. Sounds like a very sweet and pleasant moment. So special seeing the connections between students and their parents.

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  2. Isn’t it strange to be going through all of these first-week rituals – in March? The introductions, the welcome-to-schools – it’s odd, but I hope that it is encouraging and reassuring to be back in person. I’m also glad to read and hear of the mom’s gratitude. We have been back in school, and I’m pleasantly surprised by how kind and grateful most parents have been. Here’s to more positivity in the days to come!

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  3. So nice, how life has changed, who would have thought it would change so much.

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  4. You really captured this moment, J – I can almost step right into your shoes as there’s a real sense of wonder and realization. 🙂

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  5. These connections with parents are so important. What a sweet moment.

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  6. I love how you walked the reader through the new school procedures and protocols. It felt like I was there witnessing the tender exchange between you and student’s parent. A simple thank you can go a long way. Wishing you well.

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I am am Elementary school teacher at an International IB School in Accra, Ghana, West Africa. I write with groups of writers, such as Teach Write.


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