Angels and demons are out there. And in this context, I don’t mean that in a spiritual sense. Angels are the people in our lives who have supported, rescued, stepped in, reached out, and caused miracles to happen for our children. And most have no idea of the impact they’ve made. Even their small acts of kindness have a magical, transformative powers.
Demons are those who have no clue (or do they?) of the damage that their words or actions cause. They are insensitive and careless about what they say and how they interact with others. And when they encounter fragile souls, the emotional pain they bring about can last a lifetime.
Today, I’d like to share a story about one of our angels, Teacher Janet, and the garden hose concern.
Change is very difficult for Jonathan. More so when he was younger. He was 5 and ready to begin his last year at a co-op preschool. So the school was familiar. The kids were familiar. The unknown factor he was anxious and unsure about? His new teacher.
The first two days were wonderful. Then suddenly he started to cry and said he didn’t want to go to school. When I asked him why, he responded, “The hose has a hole in it and I’m afraid.” He had put all his fears and anxieties into that garden hose. I cajoled, prodded, and pep talked him into going and promised that we’d discuss the issue with Teacher Janet.
The next day, Jonathan reluctantly showed up for school again. Teacher Janet always sat at the door to greet the children as they arrived. As Jonathan approached, she motioned for him to come close and whispered into his ear to look into a large cellophane bag. Oh the absolute joy (and relief) on his face as he discovered a brand new hose! The two of them went hand in hand to replace it with the broken hose.
Teacher Janet respected Jonathan’s fear and took the extra time to do something just for him. That day, Janet won Jonathan’s heart. And mine too.