The Hand-Holders

Just recently was Teacher Appreciation week. Among many gifts from the parents was a very special gift from our Director. During our break, she had us come into an extra room where she soaked our feet in warm eucaplytus scented water-while we read a special note and a poem. Though I wouldn’t take credit for having the most important job in all “the land” it is very cute and faces of particular children flashed in my head as I read it. Enjoy. 

“The Hand-Holders”

(A Tribute to Preschool Teachers)

There is no job more important than yours,
no job anywhere else in the land.
You are the keepers of the future;
you hold the smallest of hands.

Into your care you are trusted
to nurture and care for the young,
and for all your everyday heroics,
your talents and skills go unsung.

You wipe tears from the eyes of the injured.
You hold our precious children in your arms.
You encourage the shy and unsure child.
You make sure they are safe from all harm.

You foster the bonds of friendships,
Letting no child go away mad.
You respect and you honor their emotions.
You give hugs to each child when they’re sad.

You have more impact than does a professor,
a child’s mind is molded by four;
so whatever you lay on the table
is whatever the child will explore.

You give each child the tools for adventure.
You let them be artists and writers and more.
So they can fly on the wind and dance like stars
and build castles of sand on the shore.

It is true that you don’t make much money
and you don’t always get a lot of praise,
but when one small child says “I love you”,
you’re reminded of how this job pays.


  1. Oh gosh, that poem is so sweet! And that's some director you have there to do something so unique and nice to appreciate you! Where are you working exactly?

  2. Yea she really did try hard to do something special. I work at a Christian preschool here in East County San Diego. Tons of fun & great experience! Thanks for the comment Kati!