I started a poem on the bus to contest today, thinking it would be my celebration. It was cozy and warm and full of love for my speech kids.
We had a great day. Good performances. Half of the groups are moving on to state competition.
As always, I posted pictures on our Facebook page
When we first started the Facebook page, it was private and only the current students could join it. Once they graduated, I would delete them.
And then I quit that. I decided to leave graduates part of the group because, really, they are still part of us. They are our foundation. And I like that they will post comments supporting those who are still there even if they don't know who some of them are.
And tonight, as I was sitting here telling my husband what a great day we had and how much I love my speech kids. And how proud of them I am. And all the great moments we had. I received this Facebook message from an alumni
Honestly, as I write this, I still am.
Because as teachers, we always want to know that we made a difference. That we mattered.
And this message from alumni proves that, somehow, I did. I mattered.
How can I not celebrate that?