For Elliott’s birthday in February, Chris and I took off work to spend the day doing fun two-year-old stuff. We’re making it a yearly tradition for her (and Harper when she gets here).
While I was gone from school, my co-teacher, Balynda, had my 6th and 7th period block (lower-level kids, many labeled special ed of some sort) write letters to Harper. They had to introduce themselves, tell about their future plans, give Harper advice, tell her anything important she would need to know to succeed, etc. Some of them are really sweet. And others are not.
Here are some of the highlights (with grammar and punctuation added):
“What’s up little homie? When you get here you will be amazed by all the technology we have. I think you should be a New England Patriots fan. They are like the best football team…Your mom is a pretty cool girl, she is my teacher…If you try, you can be our lady president.” -Zach C.
“Be a boxer.” -Tim S.
(This was addressed to Baby Graham, but everything he wrote is directed at me.)
“You’re my favorite teacher and I hope your baby comes out well. I wonder what Baby Graham will be when she gets older out of everything in the world.” -Jordan G.
“Your mom teaches me language arts and reading. She is a good teacher. I used to have pet fishes, but they got killed…when you go to middle school you can play girls’ basketball if you want.” -Bilal O.
“You probably already know how to read since your mom is addicted to books…I think you will be like your mother: a BOOK ADDICT.” Sincerely your unknown friend, Erik O.
“I think you will probably be a teacher like your mother.” -Allen S.
“I hope you grow up to be just like your mother. That would be so amazing. You will be my best friend.” -Iesha F.
“Your mom, Mrs. Graham, is the best teacher so listen to what she says. And I mean it…I hope when you grow up, you will be a basketball player…I think your name should be Sara. It sounds like a good name. Tell your mom she is an okay person and you will be too.” -Austin J.
“I bet you will be like your mom.” -Nicolle D.
“When you grow up, I bet you’re going to be like your beautiful mommy…I hope you are going to be good…Be good for your mommy.” -Brittany J.
“Some future plans for you should be to be a teacher just like your mom. I believe that you will be a smart little girl. Well, enjoy the letter and your life.” -Davnesha B.
“Have a nice life since I’m writing this before you’re born and you most likely won’t meet me.” Reece D.
I’m sure Harper will enjoy reading these when she gets older…although with all the grammar, spelling, and sentence issues, I don’t think she’s going to be too convinced I’m a good teacher.