To somewhat protect myself, I always have students refer to me as Queen Bee when on videos or in writing if it goes on our class blog. My student used my name...but I am changing it to protect their and my identity. :)
At the end of the day, I always give the kids a hug or a high five as they leave. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. They have the choice, always (except the last day of school and then it's a quick hug). It's a great way to end the day with them, even if we had had a bad day (meaning them...okay, me too).
As they leave, they file into their prospective lines. Walkers, bus riders, and car riders. The bus riders are the last the leave. There's a LOT of them. Towards the end, my little one (who is an energizer bunny if no medicine and has grown on me tremendously this year), says, "Bye Queen Bee." He said this AFTER he had gotten in line. And just in case I hadn't heard him and because I haven't given him eye contact. He said it again. AGAIN! "Bye Queen Bee." He raised his little hand and waved. Satisfied now that he had said good-bye, he turned and walked off with the bus riders.
My heart melted. Precious, precious, precious.