Well if this is how 2015 is going to be
I better make sure to dig my heels in.
The first week of the year went from uneventful to shock all in one text.
Yesterday afternoon i received a text from a friend
passing the word that our beloved school receptionist Mrs. Sassos
would be leaving us.
like in 24 hours.
It’s no wonder with a person like the one you are about
to learn much about — that the word spread so did the our sad pitiful little faces.
(First I need to pout and be a little selfish but then I’ll wow you with my
resilience and do a 180 before this post concludes.)
It’s been 5 years that I’ve known Mrs. Sassos.
I remember the first day of school like it was yesterday.
I walked in…first time kindergarten mom…
new supplies, new clothes, cute little man trekking in front.
we walked him to his class….yadda yadda yadda…big sappy hugs…
Day 2 came and i thought ok let’s do this again.
Surely it’s normal to walk these itty bitty babies to their class the first week right?!
uh no. ha yeah.
and who should be so kind as to deliver this news?
Mrs. Sassos herself.
As I turned all shades of red and turned around to exit all while
asking WHO exactly did this prim and proper lady
(dressed so lovely but nevertheless)
and why is she keeping me from my son?!
<shuddering & praying you forgot about that till now Mrs. Sassos>
it’s pretty funny now.
So after the initial shock of cutting the cord and all I came to realize
it really was gonna be ok and how wonderful of her to put up with
a newbie like me.
of course everything turned out more than fine.
maceo’s kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sullivan (above)-
who ended up being such a sweet chick i decided should be good friends.
Five years later and she’s leaving us.
As I came to later understand, she was just doing her job.
As it turns out she didn’t “just” do her job though.
Yes she was timely, and organized, and
greeted everyone with a smile. Yes more or less
that is her job.
But as it turns out — it’s been so much more.
She’s been the keeper of “the gate” and thus the protector of our children.
Our first line of defense.
A job she thankfully takes very seriously.
As tough as a veteran cop guarding a vault of precious stones and untold riches.
You can rest assure no one will be getting past the door after you
drop you priceless possessions off at school under Mrs. Sassos’ watch.
She’s always treated each child with care but also with a kind of sophisticated respect
you don’t alway get to see in grown up-kid interactions.
She is serious in getting her job done but she’s never been too busy to ask how you are,
how that big project you mentioned last month is going, or
how your family is doing. Somehow she always says just the right thing.
Even with requests coming at her like bullets,
phones ringing off the hook sometimes with not-so-pleasant
people on the other end, she handles each like a pro and keeps it moving without skipping a beat.
Truly the queen of multitasking!
If you’ve faced a time of crisis, Mrs. Sassos was a rockstar…
getting what needs to be done, being discreet about it, and
all without judgement or conjecture.
To be a volunteer at our school is to know appreciation.
Mrs. Sassos never neglects to genuinely thank each and every volunteer
EVERY time EVERY visit without fail.
Not because she has to but because it is her standard of care.
I have personally witnessed or experienced all of this and much more.
It’s no wonder why there were so many words of thanks
spread across her desk and office in less than 24 hours notice.
Classic Mrs. Sassos and why most of us may be frowning a little starting tomorrow
or next time we pay a visit to the office.
We’ve been spoiled by this lady not only in her
professionalism but in her outstanding care.
Even greeting wise guys with a smile
It’s no wonder why these cute little sweeties with
their serious faces were lining up to say goodbye.
Ok i’ve sulked enough (thanks for indulging me that).
My goodness ya’ll it’s not like she’s leaving for a bad reason!
Onto the *HAPPY* ENDING of this story.
I was thrilled *thrilled * thrilled to learn that
Mrs. Sassos is retiring in order to
travel to the Middle East with her husband for his work!
So excited and happy for them both!
<throws confetti in the air and jumps up for joy!!>
caught a hand wave as someone was passing by
I instantly began daydreaming of all the amazing adventures she’ll soon have
and may or may not have drove over the speed limit to
my local B&N for a sketchbook/journal and
my favorite watercolor pencils and journaling pens.
I’d like to think of her sitting in a foreign cafe
with all kinds of delectable coffees and treats around…
doodling or journaling about her wild experiences
riding camels and magic carpets or whatever they do over there LOL!
I’ve heard the shopping is amazing!
Later this journal to be put in a safety deposit box for her grandchildren to inherit of course…
I literally had 10 minutes (including to dry) to start a page just
to say goodbye and express my affection.
but as a i mentioned in the writing….prob best to do it fast as
is with a band aid to avoid prolonging the unavoidable.
So that was it….I left seeing this precious lady hugging more
kindergartners, parents, and staff…the perfect ending memory of Mrs. Sassos at school.
I feel SOOOO blessed to have had the time and opportunity to go up to the school today and say goodbye,
snapping a couple pics for the rest of her fan club.
Also, blessed to have photo’d her family last year (minus dad b/c he was
yep — traveling!) I never got around to posting this last year but what
It’s no wonder she’s proud!
for the extra effort you put into all you did for our school, our children, and
even the parents like me.
Yes, I bawled like a baby when I said goodbye today
and that’s okay.
As I always say, tears are a testament to how much a person has impacted your life
and how much you love them.
You’ve helped me on so many occasions and saved me from disaster on a few too.
I can’t believe how many sweet memories I have in the small amounts
of time we’ve visited here and there through the years.
I know many others who would say the same.
Thank you for putting up with all the craziness of
elementary school life, with parents who are overly-connected,
and even the parents who are not connected enough.
Thank you for your encouragement and words of wisdom– truly they help me so often.
“DON’T THINK ABOUT IT- JUST DO IT” being my most favorite.
I remember exactly where you were standing when you said this- just running into me in the hall by the cafeteria
and i mentioned how overwhelmed I was with Maceo’s birthday.
I’ve repeated those words many times over since and
I can’t tell you how much they’ve helped
this frazzled mom.
You blessed us all with such polish and dedication for our school that I can’t
imagine how anyone will ever be able to fill those stylish shoes.
It’s no wonder you are so very loved and appreciated!
No goodbyes– BON VOYAGE my friend!