So often, we do what we do in the routine of the profession that we forget how closely our students are paying attention. Being a student is often a powerless, exhausting process, where the hard work doesn't seem to have immediate meaning and where the labor is simply nerve-wracking and frustrating. This is why a plant of appreciation is so unexpected...and so very thoughtful.
I told the student, Mindy, that I would definitely transplant the marigolds into my garden when I actually have a few seconds to spend on my own landscaping. Her deed made me think about all the educators, including those in CWP-Fairfield's network, that are very deserving of such kindness, too. I need to get on my game!
In a 14 hour day of meetings, reports, files, grading, and worrying, a small act of kindness enlightens me to pay it forward somehow. Tuesday will be as bad as Monday, but I am thinking Wednesday has amazing promise to share the love with others (somehow, somewhere, with some sort of nicety).
In the meantime, I'm cherishing this golden gesture and ready to be a good man for another day.