This week was a week of beginnings: first days of kindergarden, new jobs, inservice for teachers, and for me, my first, official class (complete with my second pair of tap shoes). Nerves abounded. Unlike some of my friends I was not sending off my little one into the hands of another adult, rather, I was the aforementioned adult (so-called). Worse still, with the baby classes mothers come to watch, fishbowl style. What if they on't like the way I teach? What if I have to keep one from falling in their tap shoes and the parents think I grabbed their kid too hard? What if I slip on my own tap shoes and fall myself?
What if a kid pees on the floor?
Oh the things you learn on your first day.
"Teacher, look!" The puddle was already there by the time my attention was caught. My eyes went immediately to the shelf upon which might be paper towels but I saw none; no trash can either. Time for plan B.
"Ok, go see mommy, it's ok, just go see mommy. And let's all stay on this side of the room…"
I spent the rest of the class attempting to keep three year olds from stepping, hopping, and "snow-angeling" (is that a word?) in the puddle. It's amazing how children migrate towards the things they should be avoiding. But I guess we don't change all that much, even when we get older. Whether it's eating food that's not so good for us, wasting time watching twenty hours of Netflix, or pure and simple sin, we chase after (or marinate in) things that are detrimental to us. Worse still, the more we feed ourselves these things, the more we develop a taste for them.
"Oh honey, let's keep your feet out straight so they don't get wet!" (Read: don't snow angel your feet into the puddle of urine.)
"What is it?" (referring to said urine)
"Oh it's nothing, let's bunny hop."
I think we do this sometimes because our attention span is about as short as a three year olds and our vision just as limited. God tells us something is not His best for us, but all we want to do is stomp around in it. He's just being unfair, He's just a spoil sport. We forget that our Creator knows what we truly need, and that when He gives us commands it is because He cares for us.
Thankfully, He is a gracious God Who hears our prayers.
"Ms. Courtney, did she have an accident?"
"Yes, but it's ok. Sweetie I never mind if you have to go potty, just let me know next time."
"Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; Keep watch over the door of my lips. Do not incline my heart to any evil thing, to practice deeds of wickedness with men who do iniquity." Psalm 141:3-4
I am really excited to work with these little ones, potty accidents or no, and I am looking forward to learning many, many lessons from them in the near future. Pray that God will use me in their lives as well.