Thursday, January 14, 2010
I'm quite sad tonight... Today, Munchkins tutor broke the news to me that she was leaving in a few weeks time as has been offered a teaching job in her home county and would be starting after the half term. I know how much she is going to be missed, not only by Munchkin, but by our entire family.
When you take on a home tutor, you are not just employing someone to work some hours with your child. They have to be someone you are comfortable sharing your home with as they become an integral part of your extended family. Ursula quickly put all of us at our ease and there were never moments of awkwardness or feeling as if we had to get out of the way while she worked. I think if I was to describe her with two words, it would be "human dynamo!"
Having a tutor that you trust and know cares about your child and not just the paycheck is something more valuable than gold dust. Watching the two of them work together has been amazing and I'm grateful for the months of work she has done with Munchkin. The transformation in that time has been incredible. I know that a huge amount of work and teaching was done before Ursula joined us, but I had burnt out to a degree, and it was lovely to let someone else "take over" and push the program forward. She has a fantastic manner when it comes to teaching and Munchkin responds brilliantly with her and has blossomed and thrived. The children she will be teaching when she goes to her new position will love her as much as my little madam does. I know that I will smile and remember her when my minx comes out with a little Tipperary accent at times, as she has picked up the accent when it comes to a few of the words she says...
I'm happy that Ursula has found a great job and can move back close to her family, and even though I'm sad she's leaving, I know that the foundations she set while she was here are going to stand to good stead and has given Munchkin a great boost, so I'm not worried for the future.