All around our archipelago of islands, doors of classrooms swung open welcoming thousands of eager, energetic students “fresh off “ the “long” summer break. These would-be intellectuals, were probably just as eager to return to the normal routine of school life as their parents were to get them out of the house. Some no doubt missed their friends, while others longed for the time away from home which they only experience when they go to school. Whatever the case may be, our kids are back in school.
I remember those days all too well. They were great days for me, because it was a pleasure going through the process of the school days with my two sons, Romel and Philip. Children function better in life when they are assured that their parents love them and are concerned about them. God gave them to us as gifts and blessings, but I know some parents might say, “Oh no, not these devils of mine!” But is was in fact God’s intended purpose to give us children as gifts. The Bible says, “Behold children are a heritage (gift) from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth” (Psalm 127:3-4)
I was delighted to help my boys get started on their morning journeys for school. I started by making sure they went to bed on time so that they could get up early and be refreshed for school the next day. Breakfast was a must, to ensure they had sufficient nutrition to start their day off right. Parents, it does not have to be much, my younger son Philip loved his cream of wheat with the bread pinched up in it or some mornings it was his favorite cereal, “Fruity Pebbles,” I think that’s why he still loves them today. My older son Romel was never fussy, as long as he had his “Captain Crunch,” he was fine.
I would drop them off at school in time so that they could get settled in before class time. When it was time to pick them up after school, I was always there ahead of time, sometimes the first parent, so that I could be in a good visible parking area so they could see the car when they came out of St Paul’s School main entrance. They knew that their mummy loved them and could not wait to collect them. They knew that I was interested in their progress at school, and that is why I attended all of their open houses at school and met with all of their teachers. Parents, this is very important to our children.
Sometimes this process is not as easy for some parent(s) as it is for some, because the physical, emotional, financial and mental support of the “other” parent is not there. For me, I know that the reason I was able to give my sons the support that I did, was because of a husband and father in the home who made sure we had everything we needed. Of course we had challenges also, but one must always do the right thing and keep your family first. In some cases, however, this same result is still found where there is a single parent who is devoted and committed to the nurturing of his/her child or children.
Parents I know that these are very hard times and you are doing your best, just convey to your kids that you are doing your best. Kids, please help your parents by understanding their financial situation. Do not demand items which your parents cannot afford to get for you. Be patient with them. Family members who are in financial positions to assist, please give support to your family members at this time.
Our kids are back to school, let’s give our support wherever we can. Search out and listen out for whomever may need our help.
God Bless you today. Margaritta Munroe ladymunroe@ yahoo.com