It is June 2020, and we have no idea how this year has already passed its half treshold. But it happened, and brought about a series of major changes; more and more people have started working from their homes and more students than ever have now been home-schooled. It made us miss our dear ones, our friends, our family, our co-workers and for this teacher in Netherlands, it was so hard being without her dear students, that she knitted little personalized dolls of each and every one of the kids in her class, because she missed them dearly.
I remember when I was a kid, every day off from school was a celebration. Not having to go to school for a full three or four months would have been heaven. However, we had no idea how hard it would actually have been not being able to see your colleagues and friends and even teachers for so many months, and all of that having been decided so abruptly.
As kids, we might find ourselves in a little war against our teachers, because, well…because they basically want us to learn, instead of play. After you get older, you’ll remember most of your teachers with great sympathy and become grateful for their dedication and everything they’ve taught you. It is quite normal, it is the “cycle of life”. However, such an abrupt change in our lifestyles might make us learn to cherish our teachers more, and do that from an early age.
Moreover, a teacher-student bond is, I think, inevitable and they might miss you, as much as you might miss them after such an abrupt change in the world. Some teachers are so passionate about teaching and about their pupils, that they will care about them as much as they would care about their own children.
Miss Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin from Dr. H. Bavinck school in Netherlands knitted tiny dolls representing her children
“It was all up and running that the school closed. It all hit me like this. The children were no longer in school. And I miss them so much.”Miss Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin
This is a really dedicated primary school teacher speaking, and her commitment to her job and her students is really endearing. She has really been quite upset for not seeing her pupils every day like she used to and she’s decided to knit tiny little dolls of representing them in such detail that they’re really adorable. Do not dare think Voodoo or black magic, this is cuteness overload and endearment!
Miss Meinster-Van der Duin put so much attention in her dolls, that the children had no problem recognizing themselves in them. The only questions they had was why wasn’t there a Miss Ingeborg doll among all the others. So, what the teacher did was spend a couple of more hours knitting a doll of herself. The pupils loved the idea so much that Miss Ingeborg Meinster-Van der Duin thinks she’ll do the same next year, for the next class.
Each doll is about 10 centimeters tall and represent each pupil in such great detail, that there is no doubt about who is who.