Blast From the Past

On Friday, the last day of Teacher Appreciation week, I had the ultimate reminder of the lasting impressions that teachers can have on students.

As I was prepping for the day, a beautiful young lady walked in my class holding her young son. She’s also expecting her second child this summer.

She smiled a beautiful smile and I knew her.

Standing in front of me was a past student. She was in my first grade classroom many, many years ago. I also had taught her charming brother before she came to me.

She handed me her son and he was beautiful. I held her son and carried him around the classroom, watching his eyes dart back and forth with all the colors and shapes before him.

I stood in my classroom holding my student’s son and talked with her about mine.

I explained that her sole purpose is protecting her son and she listened. I didn’t tell her anything that she didn’t already know but I guess I took the opportunity to teach her one more thing.

Anyone who thinks that this is “just a job” shouldn’t be doing it. In reality, this job is only a small portion about curriculum. It’s about relationships.

As teachers, we have a responsibility to build our students up. You never know when a past student will come back and make your day!

Happy Teacher’s Appreciation Week!

2 thoughts on “Blast From the Past

  1. What a blessing to see your former student all grown up. My first class of third-graders is graduating from high school this year. I guess I could be expecting to see kids before too many more years. 🙂

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