March 1, 2019

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.

6 thoughts on “March 1, 2019

  1. What an amazing moment! And how lovely that she wants to be a trauma surgeon. My son needed that last year and at the time I thought to myself, how grateful that there are people who can do this work and how grateful I am that there were teaches who got those surgeons to that moment. You are part of someone’s future miracle!


  2. I love moments like these. Sometimes I’m ashamed to admit I don’t recognize them right away but they sure do recognize me. For me I still see them as 2nd graders and not soon to be seniors. I love it when they take the time to catch me up with what their future plans are and any of their academic accomplishments.


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