Happy (very late) Mother’s Day to all of you SLP Moms and Grandmas! I am so busy as I know you are too and it hardly seems like I can get anything done and especially when it comes to blogging! Just wanted to say hi! My newest baby, little Caleb, is now 5 months old! He has 2 teeth already which erupted at 4 months. Yes, 4 months. Lots of crying over here in these parts.
The school year is winding down and I’m really sad. I saw three of my students the other day when it was recess time. They are speech kids who are just, you know, not as cool as everyone else and get left out and so they hang out together or avoid recess altogether. They saw me in the speech room and came in. They just chatted with me about life and speech and my kids and then wanted to see pictures of my girls and baby boy.
I don’t know about you, but I have a love for my speech kids that I just can’t explain. I mean, I loved them when I was a single, just-out-of-grad-school, clinical fellow who became an SLP so that I could help others. But then I got married and had my own kids. And my heart got 3 sizes too big! It just expanded even more after I became a mom. When I saw the kids on my caseload, I saw them as somebody’s baby who they carried for 9 months, had dreams for, cried over, almost lost, sacrificed everything for, missed, worried about, etc. My students all sort of feel like they are my speech babies, too. Many of the kids I’m working with this year I had when they were in kindergarten and they are now 5th graders. I won’t be working with this particular group of kids next year and I already miss them. So before these 3 kids headed back out to recess, I tried to tell them just how amazing they were and I told them they were smart and fun people. I told them to never give up and to always remember how much I enjoyed being their speech teacher.
Kids grow up. It’s this wonderfully sad fact of life. A mom will always see her kids as the babies she rocked and kissed endlessly. I suppose I’ll always see my speech kiddos as those precious little kindergarten babies who just wanted to be accepted by an often unfriendly world, but whose lives always brightened my days more than they will probably ever know.
Happy Mother’s day you amazing SLP Moms and Grandmas!