Just over two years ago, we moved to Myrtle Creek. Less than three months I had been called to be a primary teacher - specifically for the sunbeams. At the time I had heard there were four children in the class. The most that I ever saw was three. Usually it was just Emily and me. It took her about five months before she warmed up to me.
The following year, I had her cousin Hayden. Unless there were visitors, he was my only pupil - until they brought Christopher in. He had turned three in February. He was in sunbeams for five or six months before the year ended. The primary president decided to move him up to CTRs along with Hayden so that I could teach team Danny's class - the Valiants.
Danny was not present for the first two and a half months. Being able to return has been a gradual thing. In March and April she was there for an hour and eventually worked up to three. Between her parents and grandparents, Danny's time is spread as a health provider it seems. She seems to be in and out and had asked me to teach. But the CTR instructor has been out as well - traveling, I think. The primary president had asked me to teach the CTRs as she is more able to find a sub for the older children than the younger ones.
Last week there were only three: Christopher, Hayden and a visitor named Glen. Class was not much different than it had been in sunbeams. Hayden still felt the need to be in charge. And Christopher was all over the place. Very different from Valiants. A different use of time.
When both classes met for sharing time and singing time, I sat in the front row with Glen, Christopher and Hayden. A stake visitor sat with the Valiants. When Christopher announced he had to go potty (for the second time) I took his hand and escorted him out.
I noticed the instructor class was going on. It's been so long since I've been to one, I'd forgotten. I really enjoy the instructor classes and wanted to attend. With only 20 minutes remaining, I opened the door for Christopher and told him to return to his seat, and I went next door to feel inspired. I need that class!
I had to return to the primary room to gather my bag of books - which Hayden was holding. (Remember he thinks he's in charge) and the primary president told me that Christopher had been asking for me, which totally surprised me.
Last week I read lessons from both CTR and Valiant as I didn't know which class I would be with yesterday. Danny had indicated that she would not be there. I wasn't certain if the CTR instructor would be there or not. Turned out she was, but then is gone for a month. It sounds like Danny could be as well.
I teach primary sometimes. I'm there whether I teach or not. I am still head chief for the activities committee for Relief Society. We meet possibly four times a month. I still don't know many sisters. They used to do a mingle once a month but were told to stop. Members really liked it and felt that it promoted missionary work. But they were told to stop. When I returned to Salt Lake and had gone to my former ward, they announced that they'd be having a mingle. I wonder why the more geographically challenged one was told to stop and the one in West Valley seems to have an okay? Weird.