Letters I'll Never Send

Dear Kids,

(I work with kids currently in an after school program. This is to them.)

Dear kids,

Hi guys, It’s M. I’ve been working with you for almost two years now and I have somethings to tell you.

I started working with you only a couple months after I hit my bottom. And I just want you to know that you guys helped save me. So thank you.

Since my first day, you kids have brightened my life so much. From your hugs, your smiles, and your pictures you make me. From the nice words you tell me, to the honest criticisms you give me.

I never thought I would like working with kids. The only reason I took the job was because I hated my old job and the pay was better. I walked in that first day so nervous. Within twenty minutes, you welcomed me. Even though you are so young, you know more about social skills than most of the adults I know now. You invited me to sit with you and wanted to know who I was. You told me that you thought my hair was pretty, and wanted me to sit with you on the bus. You held my hands as we walked, and you were sad when I had to go home. I sat in my car after my first day and just cried. No one in such a long time made me feel welcome. No one took the time to want to meet me, to want to talk to me. For the first time in years, I felt like someone wanted me. That someone liked me. For the first time in a long time I felt like I had a purpose in life. And you’ve made me feel the same for two years now. Even though some days are hard, and some of you can be just the worst somedays, I love you guys.

So, thank you for saving my life. And know that no matter what life throws at you, no matter how old you get, you have someone in your corner. There is someone cheering you on from the sidelines. You have a friend, a teacher, a supporter in me.

-M

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