Closing one book, opening another.

Closing one book, opening another.

I was under the impression that you had to beg the bishop to release you–or go inactive–in order to get out of the Nursery. I guess not. Today was my last day with this particular size of little people. I’m moving up in the world next week as the new CTR 5 teacher. Just when it seemed like the kids were getting used to our system. Just when Soren stopped hitting, pushing, screaming, etc. Just when an hour and 45 minutes started to feel manageable.

I have bittersweet feelings about the whole thing. It definitely came as a shock, and while I look forward to dealing with slightly longer attention spans, I don’t know if five-year olds will take to me (or if I’ll take to them) like the two-year olds did. I’m going to miss the way Loren jumps on me when I come into the room, and that Mela stops crying for her sister when I hold her. I’m sad that I didn’t get to know Masao and Daniel a little better (Masao has the cutest little puppy dog eyes). But I don’t think I’ll miss Keania’s know-it-all comments (I think she is really too old to be there), or the rickety chair of death in the corner that the kids get a kick out of playing on and having me drag them off of.

And I kind of wish that Micah had been called with me, but I guess the Deacons quorum needs all the reinforcements it can get.

4 thoughts on “Closing one book, opening another.

  1. It sounds like you got really close to these kids. I’m sorry that you won’t get to see more of the fruit of your labor.

  2. Liz n’ Micah,

    It does seem like Soren has grown up a lot lately — not that we get to see often the last little while.

    Hope you guys are doing good — I figured I’d link you guys to our blog so you can watch what we’re doing as well. 😉

    http://cmk-family.blogspot.com

    Your friends,
    Chad & Melissa

  3. Okay…so I will leave a last comment here. I commented on a couple of your other entries today too. Such a good read!
    I have to smile about your Nursery attachment. You truly are celestial (hee hee). Got to love the CTR class though! I taught CTR in our branch in NZ. I love the lessons. I often wonder why some of our lessons can’t get back to some of the simplicity of the most potent and important gospel principles as they are taught to young children. Whoever wrote those lesson plans in the CTR manual did a great job! Here are a few tips for attention spans: Have a little hands-on activity (that is applicable to the concept) for the children to participate in as part of the lesson (the book has some great ones). Bring markers and paper so that if the children are having a “bounce off the wall” day they have something to focus on doing while you are teaching. (I had them draw what they knew about the principle being taught). They listen remarkably well when they have their hands occupied. Take some good Christian stories to read to them if you find you are done with the lesson and have extra time left. (Uncle Arthur’s Bedtime Stories are the best! I love these stories. Good Christian stories for children that my Mum read to me growing up. I read them to my students teaching…taking out the religious aspect of it… and they loved them. I read some to my CTR kids and they loved it too. Available on ebay.)
    Happy teaching. What a great calling!

  4. Dear Liz,

    It seems that every time I get a calling in the church I think, “this one is the best one of all.” I loved being the teacher education leader in primary and reading to the teachers your journal entries about your lessons in primary. I have always loved being a visiting teacher and was never so happy as when Daddy and I were missionaries together, but the Activity Days calling that I have right now has been so rewarding. I love that 8-11 year old age grouping and know the girls are very impressionable at that time and want to be the best example for them I can. I am notorious at making transitions smoothly and understand your reluctance to being torn away from Loren and Mela, but you can still see them and still love them. I am sure in this new class there will be spirits that will touch you in ways that you will know Heavenly Father has called you to this place at this time for this purpose. I appreciate your sharing this, because it is one of those universal truths, closing one book and opening another is almost always bitter sweet. Closing the door one having children was the hardest one I ever closed. I still cry when I think about it. However, having a married daughter and the hope of grandchildren is something that helps. I have been told that Grandchildren are even better than children. I can’t imagine that is true, but I am willing to give it a try. (Not to say that I am dropping any hints or anything.)
    Love,
    Mom
    P.S. As Aunt Elizabeth and I were cutting and knotting quilts to give to her grandbabies, I thought about you and your quilts for the Linus Foundation and wondered if you would be interested in making these cute little fleece quilts for your nursery children. If they sound interesting, I can tell you how it’s done.

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