Unsung Heroes

Unsung Heroes

The article I’m sharing today appeared on another blog earlier in the year. I have added a few more ideas to consider here, however. But as the school year is ending, I can’t help but applaud our unsung heroes.

Have you ever found yourself considering those people you might not always show thankfulness for? Naturally when we begin to think about people we are thankful for, we usually begin our list with family and close friends. And we should be thankful for those people.

How about that teacher who has helped your child fit into a new school? Or maybe that teacher has shown your little student that learning can be fun. I’m talking about the teacher who encourages your child when she thinks she just can’t do something. Teaching is a calling that many feel is straight from God, and some feel must be from God to continue.

In case you can’t tell, I feel teachers are unsung heroes. I was a teacher years ago and now work as an assistant. I have watched teachers dry tears from kids’ eyes. I’ve seen teachers work miracles with kids struggling with behavior issues or learning problems. I’ve witnessed a teacher giving from her own lunch because a mother forgot to send lunch or money. Many teachers arrive much earlier than their appointed time and most stay much later than they are required. They lug home heavy book bags filled with papers to grade and lessons to plan. The majority of my teacher-friends are Christians who model Christ’s love and pray for their students regularly.

It is sad to me that teachers don’t seem to get the respect they are due. Look at it this way. Teachers deal with any and all body fluids and slurp down vitamin C to ward off becoming sick. They have to be nurses when children expend those body fluids. They have to deal with bloody knees and elbows and noses. They have to deal with bad attitudes, fidgety bodies, and mouths that just won’t turn off. All while trying to educate. And sometimes those bad attitudes come from parents. Teachers struggle to fight for students while their parents don’t lend support.

Recently I went to an appointment with my mother when she visited her orthopedic doctor. His condescending attitude made me bite my tongue. I was thinking – It’s because of a teacher who put up with you and taught you to read, write, and study science and math, that you are able to stand there today. I wanted to say – “You’re welcome!”

I suppose I say all of this to nudge you to pray for teachers and give them respect for what they do. Let’s face it. You wouldn’t be where you are today without those teachers you had growing up. You wouldn’t be able to read this.

If you get the opportunity, why not thank a teacher. You’d be amazed at what a simple card and a chocolate bar would mean, especially right now at the end of the year. Even a simple, “I’m praying for you,” means a lot.

My most recent releases are children’s chapter books. The main character, Chloe, got me to thinking about teachers. She is pretty devastated when she has to move right in the middle of her kindergarten year. But she soon comes to love her new teacher, Mrs. Potts. Chloe even characterizes her teacher as being like Mary Poppins. Chloe’s momma says, “You mean she is practically perfect in every way?” Chloe quickly replies that Mrs. Potts is like the really big word used in the movie which she shortens to super-frog-alicious.

Do you know a super-frog-alicious teacher? Let them know.

 

Paula Mowery About Paula Mowery

Paula is a pastor’s wife, mom to a college student, author, acquiring editor, and speaker. No matter the hat she wears, she strives to honor God’s plan even if it means going out on a limb and leaving comfort zones. Reviewers have characterized her writing as “thundering with emotion.” Her book, Be The Blessing, won the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. You can follow Paula on Facebook and learn more about her at her blog.

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