Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This Is Why...

Honestly, I put it out of my mind. I was busy after school, reorganizing my room, straightening my desk and preparing for the fourth quarter. Sunny and fairly warm outside, I hurried to finish everything up so I could go home and take Chloe for a walk.

Chloe greeted me when I walked through the door in her typical fashion--impatient whines, running a small crazy circle, waiting for me to pet her and take down the gate so she could race me to the front door. I stood outside with her a minute while she looped through my legs like a cat, not being able to get enough of my touch.  Finally, I went back into the house to change out of my school clothes and put on some walking clothes.

I putzed around. Fed the cat, filled Chloe's water dish, checked the mail. Eventually, I went into change clothes.

The phone rang and I remembered. It's All-State announcement day! It could only be one person on the other line.

My senior, Grace, who's been with me since she was a freshman, "Mrs. Day!  Congratulations--you have TWO students going to All-State this year!"

"You and Sami?" I ask.

"No. Jordan!!!!!!!!  Can you believe it?"  I couldn't, but that's another story.

For Grace, this was a culminating act. She performed at All-State as a freshman, but did not make it back until this year. She is ecstatic! I really don't have to make any calls because she had made them already. I can see her in my mind's eye dancing around her room, with her phone in her hand, a smile as wide as the ocean.

This is why I coach speech for four months of the year. This is why I read speeches and poetry and prose until my eyes bleed. This is why...

5 comments:

  1. You kept me in suspense on WHY, nice touch. Congratulations on your students going to state, I know that is quite an accomplishment. Loved the second paragraph. So typical of dogs, great description! Aren't speech kids fun?!

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  2. Poignant and inspiring. The excitement was tangible. I like how you began with "Honestly, I put it out of my mind." but didn't tell us what exactly it was you put out of your mind. Drew me in a little further, searching for this mystery.

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  3. I liked the suspense, too, & thought you had lost your dog! You really did lead us on. Congratulations on your writing, but also on your hard work with the students.!

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  4. "not being able to get enough of my touch"...perfect description.
    And congratulations!

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  5. Yay how exciting for you and for the students! I agree with the above, the suspense lasted until the end. Good writing.

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