Sunday, May 12, 2013
I work in a profession that is often maligned, but when I have experiences like I had today, it doesn't matter a hill of beans what people think about what I do or whether or not it matters in the scheme of things in the world. I live to teach and I teach to live! It is that simple.
Today I was fortunate enough to attend a birthday party for a former student of mine who just turned 32. She invited me to this party especially and even came to my home to do so. I made it a special point to be in a place where I was not comfortable (a cowboy bar in the next town over) to have dinner with her and a few of her friends (also former students of mine) to let her know she was valued. This young woman has made extra efforts to keep in touch with me over the years and (like many others) has taken the time to include me in the major events that have occurred along that path.
Even after 32 years in the classroom, many of my students still come to me for advice, to share dreams and heartaches, and to make sure I know they valued their experience with me as their teacher. There is no other job on the planet where one can touch lives in such a meaningful way by genuinely caring for the welfare of the people you serve. I LOVE my job!