This is my world
Let me tell you what—these kids change the world. They change the world! I’m 75 years old and every time I walk through that door I learn something new. I’m not kidding.
It’s been 18 years that I’ve been volunteering with the same teacher. This is our future. They come into your heart and they stay there forever. I have kids that I met 18 years ago—they’ll come to the door and say, “Mrs. Seltzer, it’s me.” No matter what’s going on in my world, when I walk in this classroom it makes it all better. I have kept every single card, note and letter that a child has written me, and someday, when I’m dead, they’re going through this stuff and they’ll say, “I wonder why she kept these things.”
I had a doctor tell me one time—and this is very interesting—if you can live your life as an adult but see the world through a child’s eyes, you’re going to be the happiest person on the face of the earth. And I’ve been blessed because when I walk in here on Fridays—these kids, they love you.
And I’m Mrs. Santa Claus! Did Ben tell you? It’s magic. They believe every word that comes out of my mouth. I have the coolest outfit and a magic violin. I have Rudolph and an elf. It’s magic. I’m already getting ready for Christmas. I have my Christmas presents all wrapped. Until my eyes—and my eyes are very, very bad—I’m going to do it until I can’t do it anymore.
I don’t do the last day of school because by the end of the year you love them, and I can’t come in here and say goodbye. They come into your heart and stay there forever. I don’t understand why more people don’t do this. This is my world.