Will I be liked? Will I fit in? Will I know where to go? Will I remember everyone’s names? What will I do if someone is mean to me? Will I be able to get to the bathroom whenever I need to? Will I be able to answer the questions asked of me? Will I remember all the rules? Will someone remember to pick me up after school? —First day of school concerns of a preschool student... director.
I have been an educator for over a decade, and I still get “butterflies” in my stomach as the first day of school approaches. Yet, once the doors open and the families flood into the preschool, the butterflies are replaced with an immense sense of joy and gratitude for each family that has chosen to make Messiah their preschool home. I know that over the next nine months, we will see positive transformations being made in our students as well as ourselves; we will discover new and amazing things together, laugh until our bellies ache, witness our students pray as only children can, share our hurts and fears with one another, sing and dance with abandon, and have the most honored privilege of sharing God’s unconditional love with each other. Each year brings new faces to Messiah Preschool, and we look with anticipation to the relationships that will be forged, as well as what lies ahead for our preschool ministry.
So, those little “butterflies” associated with the start of the new school year...I’ll embrace them, because I know their presence means we are about to embark on a fun and exciting new year with endless possibilities. “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” ~Walt Disney