When we got there on Seth’s first day, the teacher took him over to a wall on which a big note was written. It said:
Welcome to our classroom! We hope you have a fantastic first day! Ask us anything you need to know. We are here to help and excited to have you join our classroom. In this classroom we are always brave, sometimes silly and always do our best work.
Ms. ___’s class
(all the kids signed it)
P.S. Be ready to learn new languages!
Then she showed him his desk, and he sat down. A boy at a nearby desk leaned over and told Seth something, giving him direction, “This is how we…..whatever.” I can’t remember, but he was helping Seth out.
Then we sat in a circle, and I talked about PANDAS and the kids played a fun and silly game, and during all this I saw something. The same boy wound up sitting next to Seth in the circle. And the boy was funny. And he said something hilarious, and he and Seth made eye contact, and they laughed, and I got to see it.
What I believe I saw was a moment when two old friends, meet each other for the first time. It felt sacred. And I felt blessed to bear witness.