Sometimes as teachers, we really don't know if we have made a difference. Students leave us, and we may never hear from them again. But some we stay in touch with, and it is those students--my "forever kids", that gave me so much to celebrate this week.
As I wrote on Tuesday, I've decided to take the district's early retirement package this year. It's a bittersweet decision. But it's what happened after I shared my news that I celebrate. The outpouring of love was amazing. Former students, parents, colleagues, all with words of love. I'll admit to screenshotting my Facebook post, so I will have all that love to wrap myself in when I'm feeling blue.
Just a few of many (Teacher confession--it feels like bragging to share these. I'm not, really. I am actually so humbled by all the comments...)
But it was the comment by a former colleague that made this all OK and connects right with Ruth's post about giving love away. He said to me, "Could you think of it as giving another person a chance to have all the great experiences you had? It makes it easier, in a way."
And, you know what? It does.
This week's DISCOVER
Love comes back to you if you put it out in the world