A slice of today’s blur occurred after work when I walked in to a local take-out place to grab a quick dinner for my kids.
I walked in and locked eyes with the girl behind the counter. I recognized her and saw the name on her name tag. Instantly, I flashed back to when she was a student in my 8th grade English class.
She caught me up in her life as she made my order, and I learned that she was excelling above and beyond what most of my former students aspire to accomplish. She even shared about her big plan to become a trauma surgeon.
I left the place with a sense of pride. While I hadn’t seen my former student in a few years, it warmed my heart to know that she was doing so well.
It’s moments like these when I remember why I teach.