Your first day of kindergarten is a special occasion — photos are taken by eager parents, friends are made and, sometimes, tears are shed.
One Canadian woman is now reliving that experience 30 years later — from the other side of the classroom.
Reddit user dragonbornsqrl shared photos of herself on May 5, showing what she looked like on her first day of school as a child and on her first day of school as a teacher.
In the initial, decades-old image, she sports an 80s-looking shirt, along with the stern expression of a kid who is beyond ecstatic to wake up early and head off to learn.
In the more recent photo, she flashes a smile and a peace sign, looking genuinely happy to be leading her own classroom.
The photo racked up over 100,000 upvotes, plus a lot of questions about the apparent delay in the 40-something Redditor’s journey toward becoming a teacher.
She later explained that she first pursued a degree in business but “hated it” and decided to return to college for her degree in education.
“Ended up going to Taiwan after business school and kind of fell into teaching English as a second language,” she wrote. “I went back for my education degree and this was my first full year contract.”
“There were days I felt old as hell but other days where I fit right in with the rest,” she added. “Nobody ever once commented that I was older other than when I brought it up myself.”
The teacher also opened up about the difficulties she faces instructing young children while schools across the globe are shuttered to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
“I love my job and online teaching is killing me,” she wrote. “Not the work the lack of interaction. My job is full of hugs, laughter, tears and song. Right now I’m getting none of the perks. I miss my Carebears!”
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