Yesterday was a day.  Before a single child arrived, I felt defeated, deflated, and discouraged.  Without going into details (I don’t want to seem unprofessional), I just felt as if the chips were stacked against me.

It was a long day.  Everything that could possibly go wrong seemed to happen.  By lunch, I was too exhausted to eat.  That never happens to me.  I had some popcorn as I tried to steady myself for the afternoon. We barreled through introducing a new writing program (Being a Writer) and they actually did better than I anticipated.

By the time I was talking to a defiant child during Reading Buddies (not from my class) about how horrible her home life was and that’s why she was so angry all the time – an enlightening conversation, but not one I should be having with a kindergartner… I was ready for dismissal.

As I handed each child their folder to pack up, they each hugged me.  Each and every one of them.  It was Friday and no matter what kind of day we had, we wouldn’t be seeing each other for two whole days.  Hugs were needed.

Twenty hugs can inspire you and I decided to fire up Pandora radio as we waited for the buses to be called.  The kids were not sitting in their seats anyway, I might as well try to wrangle their energy into something constructive… dancing!

I have many, many stations on Pandora as my music taste is varied and often random.  Unfortunately, much of it isn’t appropriate for kindergarten ears.  Seeing a quick out – I selected the 80’s Pop station.  As I’ve previously noted, kindergarten can be a lot like an 80’s song, so I figured the fates would be with me.

Clearly, they were.  The first song up?  Heaven is a Place on Earth by Ms. Belinda Carlisle.  Like moths to a flame, the kids came over and began dancing around me.  Carla, a little girl who speaks almost no English  but clearly speaks the international language of ‘the dance’ – instinctively took my hands and had me twirl her around.  Yes, even the boys were dancing.

As my bus friends left and I called for my walkers to line up, the song faded. Belinda’s message repeating over and over to remind us:

Ooh, baby, do you know what that’s worth?
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.
They say in heaven love comes first.
We’ll make heaven a place on earth.
Ooh, heaven is a place on earth.

She’s right you know.  Kindergarten is probably the closest to achieving a little heaven on earth.