Be The Best of Whatever You Are ….

Tomorrow is my little Jasmynes first day in big school. The excitement has been building up at home all week as we counted down the days. I sat back this afternoon and thought about my first day at school. I remember my mother walking into my bedroom with my pretty little red and white uniform. She came to sit on my bed and said to me, Nashy, what ever happens tomorrow and the day after just do your best and things will always work out. I have always kept that with me especially on days when I feel like I just dont have it in me to take that next step. She put my hair in rag curls, I remember her carefully pulling up each stand and then slowly twisting it around until it was neatly fixed to my head.

The first day was a big day in our house. I would be going to the school my mother went to when she was a little girl like me. I was up and dressed early that morning, when I walked into the kitchen my mother had made my porridge already and was waiting to take down my curls. I had a huge red bag that I could carry on my back, it matched my uniform.My mother was so proud. I could tell because she was wiping away her tears as she took photos of me on the lawn.

When we arrived at school we were shown to my new classroom. It was huge and there were many parents milling about. I was rather outspoken and went to every child there and introduced myself. I was so excited about making new friends! My first best friends name was Maria she was greek and her father owned a corner shop that was filled with sweets and always smelt like freashly baked bread. My teachers name was Mrs Powel, she was a huge lady with long black curls. She always wore a strong floral perfume and bright red lipstick. I liked her, she always had time to sit down and ask me how I was doing. I know she loved to teach everyday she would let me sit with her and she would show me how to read half way into the year I was allowed to go to the standard one class to get my own reading books. Thinking back now I think she was one of the best teachers I ever had. I found some old friends on face book and asked how she was. Mrs Powel had passed away a few years ago. its rather sad that I never got the opportunity to go back and thank her for all that she had done for me.

I wonder if any of the other teachers are still there. I wonder if I had to go back now how much would have changed, if they would still remember me. I guess not, at least I remember them.

For my little girl on your first day of school

If you can’t be a pine on the top of the hill
Be a scrub in the valley–but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.

If you can’t be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway some happier make;
If you can’t be a muskie then just be a bass–
But the liveliest bass in the lake!

We can’t all be captains, we’ve got to be crew,
There’s something for all of us here.
There’s big work to do and there’s lesser to do,
And the task we must do is the near.

If you can’t be a highway then just be a trail,
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or you fail–
Be the best of whatever you are!

by Douglas Malloch

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3 Responses to “Be The Best of Whatever You Are ….”

  1. Aww Nash, I’m sure she’s going to thrive there! Enjoy her first day πŸ™‚

  2. Where are the pix!!!! Hope she enjoys it as much as you did. My turn is next year.

  3. I will try post them this evening. They wont let me bring the camera in here to download 😦 she looked so cute and just loved posing LOL

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