Yesterday I was in a local big box store and ran into a former student. We hugged and he walked with me for a while and I got caught up with his current plans. While we were talking, another student from WAY back when I taught middle school (over 20 years ago!) came by. We hugged but didn’t get to talk much. She doesn’t know it, but I always say she was one of MY best teachers ever. She had several disabilities that I won’t go into here, but she showed us the meaning of resilience and having a good perspective on life.
Coincidentally, perhaps, I just finished a pencil drawing of another former student. This young lady had a rough start in life but caught a break when she was younger. Her options after graduation were limited but she had a plan. I haven’t seen her since the last day of that school year but I’m sure she stuck to her plans to improve her life.
I used to have a sign on the back of my classroom door that read: All of my students are a joy, some when they enter the room, some when they leave! These students I’ve mentioned, and many more, were the ones you didn’t want to leave the room.