I'm so sorry. You see, I was a teacher before I was a momma. While I don't think that being a parent makes you a better teacher, it definitely helps you understand things that you couldn't possibly if you don't have kids.
On the way out the door today, I realized that I hadn't written out her tuition check. I wrote it out in the car before we walked in, but then I realized that I'd forgotten the security key that we needed to scan at the door. Once inside, I remembered that there was paperwork at home, not yet filled out, that was expected to be completed by today. Sigh. I didn't even have our littlest one with me, yet I was dropping this preschool ball left and right! Did I mention that we completed the hand she is holding in that picture which she needed to bring with her today at 8 pm last night?
So, Parents of My Former Students, I do apologize. I don't think I was too critical, but I get it now. Meals, bedtimes, routines, and any time with your family is more important than making sure every paper is completed as soon as possible. By the time they go to sleep, you're tired, too. Folders sometimes don't get emptied or they do get emptied but the papers get lost, ripped by the baby, or milk spilled on them before you get a chance to read them. Even with plenty of time to complete projects, sometimes they get pushed to the last minute. I've learned that it doesn't mean they aren't completed with love and your full attention. That attention is just hard to come by these days.
Most of all, I understand who you were handing me that first day of Kindergarten. Your baby. Your baby at five years old was still very much a baby. I turned to Mr. SPS last night as the kids were asleep and said, "How can we be sending her to preschool tomorrow? We just brought her home from the hospital yesterday!" Thank you for trusting me with your most precious (still-a-baby) big kid.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have some paperwork to fill out.
Your Child's Former Kindergarten Teacher