May 5, 2009

My Favorites

If you know me, you know I like to be the favorite. As far back as I can remember, my siblings and I have loved to ask our parents, "I know you love me, but am I your favorite?" There must be some validation that comes with hearing that you are the "best." It gives me warm fuzzies inside - even when I know it's not true.

I think I enjoyed this "game" even more than my brother or sister. My entire extended family knows that I revel in being called the favorite cousin/niece/daughter/granddaughter. My favorite aunt has taken this joy to the next level by simply refers to me as "Favorite" at all times! I love her! :)

In the classroom, I love to tell students that they are my "favorite" and I do so often. The best is when I tell one student that he is my favorite and then wink at another and say, "Just kidding. You know YOU are my real favorite."

Today, for Teacher Appreciation Week, we received letters of thanks from our students in our mailboxes. I received many letters that made me laugh or touched my heart, but one stands out today. A student I had last year (during my student teaching) commented that I was the first teacher in her entire life to ever consider her a favorite.

She knows (as do all of my students) that I am only joking when I called her my favorite, and yet it still meant something to her. I don't know what her relationships were like with past teachers, but I am happy that I was able to give her the validation she clearly needed.

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