The more time I spend as a child care provider, the more reasons I have to like my job. Yes, it's tiring, often daunting and definately challenging. Any job is. But as I've taken more time lately to see all the good points, I'm delighted that the list keeps growing.
The other day boasted beautiful sun without too much heat. I grabbed the blanket off the back of my couch, found the shadiest part in my front yard and layed back with the kids. The sky was full of large fluffy clouds moving slowly across a blue background. We each took turns telling what the clouds looked like to us. My older son saw a dragon breathing fire. My younger son saw the shell of a turtle. The one little girl saw a princess (no surprise there!) and I saw a pirate ship. An older couple with their grandchildren were walking by and almost stopped to join us!!!
One thing I regret is not taking more pictures of the things we have made. It was the thought to post each day with the title "What I Did At Work Today". I guess I could start that anytime right? Great!
Of course, a lot of it right now has to do with the fact that I have a great bunch of kids and parents that I work with. That always makes things much more pleasant. I am very grateful for all of them and what they teach me in return. I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I sometimes think we learn more from our kids than they learn from us. Being with them is so grounding and focused on the things that matter. Kids are awesome!
Well, if you'll excuse me, it's story time. We are going to take the blanket back outside and take turns telling stories. I will read from some books, but more fun than that will be when the kids each get a turn "reading" to us. I love their imaginations as they depict a story from the pictures they see. I'll let you know how it goes.
Have a good day!