Friday, July 18, 2014

Good Morning

Every morning during school I stand outside where the car riders drop off. Some mornings it's 85 degrees. Some mornings it's 3 degrees. The 85 degree mornings are not so bad. The 3 degree days- well that's not so good. During those cold mornings many teachers and parents tell me to stay inside, it's too cold. They tell me they understand. But I thought about it. I stand outside for several reasons. Of course I stand out there for the safety of those car riders, but the reasons go deeper. I had a parent tell me one time that her daughter was mad at her because they got to school late and she wouldn't be able to see what I had on. Apparently they discuss my wardrobe each morning. I laughed but I realized they know when I am out there and when I am not. To me standing out there gives me a chance to be the first person at school to speak to them that morning. I am the first smile they will receive. I have a chance to give them a good morning, and I choose to do that. I spend those few seconds asking about their evening, their game, their homework, their tests, their life. I want them to know I really care what is going on with them. I really care about what's important to them. So I have purchased some heavy coats, Uggs, rain boots, rain coats, whatever is necessary to be there every morning. Rain or shine, warm or freezing cold, this is my chance to say "I love you". I just disguise it as "Good Morning". 


  1. Monica, what a great post! I try hard to be there for arrival and dismissal too. Something about the presence. My favorite line is the last line. Well done.

    1. Thank you so much Lisa. With the weather it is sometimes the hardest part of our job, but the most important.

  2. I agree with Lisa, your last line was excellent. Good mornings, smiles, handshakes, they are all so important! Parents and kids definitely notice those that "don't" give them out. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Awesome Lisa. I look each and every day for different ways of saying I love you. I hadn't realized just a simple good morning can be a great way.

  4. Great post Monica! Connecting with students and parents in the morning is my favorite time of day... even in the cold! Thanks for sharing!