|That's no witch...it's our fairy godmother in disguise!|
"Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses and some don't turn up at all."
Every school has someone like this...well let's put it this way, every well-functioning school has someone like this. She's our school secretary, welcome wagon, school nurse, keeper of all secrets, and the Yoda of our school -- heck she is the Force.
If Bev doesn't know where it is...it's lost.
If Bev can't help you...you're outta luck.
Bev is who we go to...who we ALL go to. We ask our questions about Picture Day, Field Day, school uniforms, school lunches, the bulletin, registration, and on and on it goes.
She gets the kids who are ready to throw up, the kids with a nasty scrape, the kids who just broke their glasses, the ones who have a loose tooth or sore throat. Naturally, these children are escorted by caring friends or at the very least a couple of kids who need to take a walk. Bev knows how to soothe any ill. She knows when to call home and when to play it tough.
She's seen it all.
One day, I want to sit Bev down with a margarita in her hand and just hear the stories. There have got to be some doozies. Heck the Foraker family alone has given her some...
How about the phone call to young teacher Beth at work when Jack was in kindergarten. It seems young Jack went down the slide head first and at the precise moment when physics was at its greatest managed to suck a piece of pea gravel up his nose. There's no way to make that call without at least a small chuckle. But Bev did no such thing. She called with care and concern in her voice and thought I might like to come over and help Jack out. The pea gravel made its way out without any medical intervention and Jack's nose survives today.
Or there was the time when Mary Kate was running in first grade full force, head down and ran into a basketball pole. I was at home that time. Got the caring call from Bev, ran right over and found my darling girl with a knot the size of a golf ball on her forehead and a sudden burst of tears...the bravery could only last so long.
Or we have the many special moments with Patrick...far too many to count. Some highlights include sliding into mud, barfing after running the mile, a bathroom mishap, and the wrong uniform on. Let's not even count the sheer number of tardies we've made Bev write on Patrick's behalf...she should have writer's cramp and yet, she faithfully writes them out with a zen-like calmness.
Happily Caroline hasn't had too many Bev moments, although I do remember getting a call about having to remove some nail polish...but she's only in first grade. Give her a little time.
Bev must have some sort of trick because she never gets flustered, frantic or frenzied. She is calm, always. She's orderly and organized. She is the engine of our school and it hums along like a fine-tuned roadster thanks to her.
Maybe her trick is that she has seen it all: broken bones, ambulance calls, frightened upset parents, sick, crabby kids. She knows how to administer what we all need: TLC. She offers it freely and kindly. She's like the best referee/mom combo. She knows when to call you out and when to comfort you.
Bev is at all events. She is setting up and taking down. She's in the parents' club closet and in the school kitchen. She knows the trick of the trash cans, the ice machine, the pitchers, the tables and chairs and special table cloths. She doesn't just know where everything goes, she knows how every machine runs and every tool works. Not to mention maintaining our school calendar.
Truly, she is our school's Google. We should just start using her name as a verb...have you Bev'd it? If you haven't, you're lost.
Today I saw her during Conference Week. She schedules every single one of our school's conferences...how does she do it??? I smiled knowing that the orchestra she conducts is full of so many instruments and yet it always is on key.
She must have a little Bibbity Bobbity Boo in there somewhere. She's magic!
I've been part of our school for fifteen years. Bev has been there probably twice as long. Day in, day out. Week in, week out. School year after school year Bev brings the sparkle to our gem of a school. She has a ready smile and sleeves rolled up. She's amazing and truly a gift to so many.
Today, I am grateful to Bev...the keeper of the keys and so much more. She holds the heart of our school. Thanks is not enough for this special lady but here it goes:
Bev, you ROCK!
I've Bev'd it and I know. :)