Kate Motaung. We are given a one word writing prompt each week and then we write for five minutes flat. Our word for this week is: WELCOME.
It can be all too easy to stay with the familiar. My comfort zone is what I know, whether it's a place or people. I know what's expected and I've learned how to do it. The people, quirks and all, are what I know. I've learned to adjust. But what happens when it's time to venture out into the unfamiliar?
Will I feel welcome?
I recently changed jobs within the same organization. A new class was beginning in my school and I was asked to be the teacher for the youngest children; the 2.75 to three year olds. It would be the beginning of their school career and they would be starting as Mini-Mustangs. A change for them and a change for their teacher.
After the announcement was made, I felt so welcomed by the other preschool teachers. They called me out of my room to officially welcome me into their group. Many offered help and materials. And they presented me with a beautiful lanyard.
The first morning with my new students I wanted them to feel welcome. I remembered how one of our Music teachers always seemed to have the ability to bring out a smile on each child the first day. She greeted each child by name and shook their hand. As she said their name, she smiled and shook fast. They laughed. She held up a bumble bee and they giggled.
And so I took my queue from Miss Storme. I sang a hello song to each one of my new students and smiled and shook their hand. They laughed and appeared to feel welcome.
Sometimes it's just a little gesture or a smile that can change the atmosphere into one of welcome.
Blessings and love,