You know, teaching is a hell of a thing. Long hours, low pay, apathetic students, and mountains of grading…these things often dominate the daily life of a teacher and can become quite discouraging. But at most unexpected moments, something quietly reminds us of the intangible rewards that dispel the doubts and ease the exhaustion.
For me, a reminder came tonight in the form of a potted violet and a card from a former student who wanted to thank me for helping her be a better writer.
That’s all I needed to know.