February 14, 2011

Love in Unexpected Places

I spent all weekend reading facebook and blog updates about how all my friends were celebrating Valentine's Day with their significant others. I will not lie; I am jealous. It's hard to be separated from the one you love on a day like this. Like... even harder than being single.

Still, I didn't want to be a Debbie Downer today. I picked out my cutest pink top and put together a work-appropriate Valentine's ensemble. Fake it till you make it, right?

Soon after walking into my classroom, two student council students arrived with a bouquet of carnations for me to pass out to my first period students. As I opened the envelope containing the accompanying cards, I was pleasantly surprised to see one for me, from one of my newcomer students.

The message was simple and heartfelt. "You are the best teacher I ever had. I love you."

I almost cried right on the spot. Thank you, dear student, for reminding me that I am surrounded by love every day.

At her insistence, I currently have a delicate, peach-colored carnation tucked behind my ear. A constant reminder that what I do here matters. Possibly more than I will ever know.

1 comment:

  1. Amen, my friend!

    You're a keeper, that's for sure, glad a student made you know that today!!