Drop the kids off, pick them up, permission slips for a field trip, sports practice, notes in the planner about a test, meetings to discuss your kids' development, art for the fridge, and three report cards a year! Teachers are the unsung heroes of raising children, without a doubt. They're the ones behind the scenes making sure that your precious little ones have bandages on their scraped knees, learn about this wide and complex world one bite at a time, and are introduced to the ideas that plant the seeds big dreams can grow from. And at the end of the school year, it's time to acknowledge all the work that a school year takes.
Everyone remembers their favourite teachers. And when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Kindergarten is the first adventure that one has into the big world away from the comfort and security of the family home. You're suddenly surrounded by a gaggle of kids your own age, are led through lessons and kept safe, by an incredibly kind, and ridiculously patient adult that isn't your mother or father. Your teachers become your role models and guides during the most impressionable years of your life. They stand up in front of the class and indulge curiousity endlessly. A fountain of knowledge that satisfies the endless whys that being a kid is populated with. Why is the sky blue, why is water wet, why are giraffes so tall? The answers to these questions form an individual's worldview, and their impact on a young mind stays with us, in one way or another, for the rest of our lives. And you never know, that life may just end up changing the rest of the world.
What we all gain from teachers is much more than arithmetic, literature, and colouring within the lines. Teachers teach us how we interact and relate with one another. A classroom is like a zoo, so much wild energy and potential. And it is the role of the teacher to harness and guide these little humans, not only to achieve a common purpose, but to do so together. These are the foundations that teach us how to be social, how to empathize, and how to relate to one another. And our progress on this journey has vital benchmark. Teachers create the platform required to make friends. I want to go on the slide first! I want fun immediately! I want it ten minutes ago! But with some gentle guidance from a caring mentor, we learn to delay that gratification for the sake of others. We want to have fun, and we learn that it's important that others have fun as well; we even learn that when everyone is enjoying themselves, it creates more joy overall. That's a huge developmental benchmark, one that we all learn in our early years at school, and then becomes the foundation for the society that we live in.
Teachers are that important.
So, with the end of the school year approaching, it's time to show our appreciation for our teachers. And nothing communicates your emotion better than a bouquet exploding with bright and joyful colour. It means the world to an individual who chose a career primarily based on a passion to teach and guide. By going the extra step, and acknowledging all the work a teacher puts into your children with flowers, you're saying thank you for the complex problem solving, the stress and pressure, and the energy these tremendous people are pouring into your children. The hours they put in ultimately help mould your wonderful children into fantastic adults. Here at Ottawa Flowers, we look forward to working with you to make your expression of thanks simply perfect.