"The days are long but the years are short."
A week ago I was cleaning out a drawer and found a big stack of Munchkinland pictures that somehow never made into the kiddos' curious, sticky hands. Most were a couple years old. The pile showed all their favorite things: birthdays, holidays, Teacha Ben, donuts, swimming and selfies.
I walked in to class knowing these would provide enough giggles and debates to last a couple hours but walked out amazed at all the memories crammed into those munchkin brains that I'd forgotten about.
Like the time me and the triplets played king of the mountain on this pool inflatable.
|Hey there photo bomber Benz. I see you girl.|
As we looked through the pictures, they laughed and laughed at how funny it is that students "look not same" but Teacha "look same." I told them I didn't think it was funny at all that each and every one of them insisted on growing up.
|There is one hairstyle allowed for elementary school girls and you're looking at it. |
Pair wants a ponytail so bad. She'll have to settle for playing with mine for one more year.
Mickey and Isquis decided to grow into their enormous heads. Woot's chubby cheeks gave way to a preteen 5 o'clock shadow and Ming... Ming looks exactly the same. Like a small but strong angry bird, took wan.
|Woot October 2015, when everything about his face was rounder than it|
|Mickey (here age 4) is now 5 with no more Bobble Head|
|Ming (aka Crankypants) dissatisfied with picture taking in 2014|
As a while we've lost teeth, changed haircuts, gone through hundreds of pairs of school socks and changed classrooms, friends and school. When I pull out a picture of 4th grade and show it to the now 6th graders, they tell me it was sooooooo long ago. But was it?
|Nok and Nam swapping birthday headbands|
She laughs because she forgot to tell me the best part.........her birthday is on a Wednesday this year! We both gasp and cover our mouth (Benz to hold in her scream) because this is a big deal.
Why? Wednesday is the day she come to Make Our Day tutoring. A new semester at school (starting in November) means a new 8 week session of Make Our Day classes, which means new boards, a new birthday book and a full birthday bus.
You better believe she's thought all that through and want to make sure Techa is getting organized and not missing any of the details. On second thought, it's probably best we make a tear off calendar or paper chain to make sure we're keeping an accurate countdown.
|Benz's 10th Birthday|
|Benz's 11th Birthday|
I know this MasterCard "priceless" reference is dated, but Teacha isn't cool enough to keep up with pop culture references (or emojis) so I'm going to use it anyway.
8 weeks of class: $100
Birthday Party: $50
Play date: $30
Memories made in Munchkinland: Priceless.
If you'd like to sponsor a child for any of these activities, please comment your pledge below, email Teacha Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org, or donate online.
Thank you Katie for sharing with us about Munchkinland and what you're doing at Make Our Day. What did you love about seeing photos of the kids through the years in Munchkinland? Remember to Comment for a Cause and a special side note, that there is another donor who is going to match my Comments for a Cause donation so please comment on any and all posts to increase this month's donation!
You always find the best causes to support! I enjoy learning about all of these great groups!ReplyDelete
Thanks Carlee. I have so much fun learning more from each of them too.Delete
Thanks Carlee. Appreciate you following and reading along!ReplyDelete
These little munchkins are so special to me! Thank you for supporting Make Our Day!!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kru M, we miss you!Delete
These kids look like a fun group!ReplyDelete
There is never a dull moment, I'll say that much:-)Delete
Yes they do! I love all of their smiles :)Delete
Love those kids. I can relate to the girls that want pony tails. When I was in grade school, I always wanted one too but was taken for a haircut as soon as my hair hit my shoulders. Glad they can braid Teacha Katie's hair until they can have their own pony tail!ReplyDelete
And sometimes maybe they just borrow the hair "take photo"Delete
Isn't that interesting how they all have the standard haircut. Someday they'll get to have ponytails :)Delete
These munchkins need every ounce of love that Teacha can give! Great story Katie, keep it up!ReplyDelete
Thanks, we've got many more birthdays ahead of us!Delete
Thanks for commenting. You can tell how much they love each other.Delete
These stories are amazing! Keep up the great work!ReplyDelete
Thanks for your support Phillip!Delete
Thanks! I'm so happy Katie shared with us a little more from Munchkinland.Delete
Amazing stories!! So inspirational & really open your eyes to other parts of the world.ReplyDelete
Thanks Shannon. Munchkinland is certainly a whole different world:-)Delete
I think it is easy to just ignore since we are so far away, but once you learn more you realize how much you can make a difference.Delete
This is a great cause!!ReplyDelete
Thanks! And thanks for commenting.Delete
So glad you reminded us to check this one out---what an amazing cause. I am so glad that you have found such a great cause to highlight and donate to. Great job and thanks for sharing another great Comments for a Cause with us. Sharing !ReplyDelete
Thanks Beth Ann!Delete
Both Dan & I both spent time in Thailand in college... so fun to read all about this great program!ReplyDelete
Neat! Was that after the tsunami? Some of the kids that live in the orphanage that Make Our Day helps are orphans from the tsunami.Delete
Beautiful article! Thank you for sharing a glimpse of your life journey with the world! We are blessed to be able to share it with you!ReplyDelete
Jan @ Tip Garden
Thanks Jan! It was great having Katie sharing more about her daily life in Thailand.Delete