Saturday, March 3, 2012

Many Thanks

Written by my friend Constance Hayden

Last week I went to to see what I could find for adding more channels to our line- up. I don’t watch a ton of TV, but when I do, I love to see shows that inspire and touch the heart. As a teacher, most days you feel that what you do is thankless. You pour your heart and soul into your instruction purely for the benefit of others, and most days what you do is received with less than thanks or praise. I received an email from a student I had last quarter. He was an older gentleman, and for the first few weeks of the term, he looked at me most nights like I had my head on backwards. He didn’t say much, and he often wore a pained expression like he was nearly dying getting through my instruction and activities. For whatever reason, this man interested me. He looked like he was carrying a story inside, so I worked my hardest to draw it out. My instincts were dead on. He had lost his wife, the absolute love of his life, to cancer some years back. After a fruitful career, he was looking to try something new. At times I felt foolish with my challenges for writing and the stress I placed on the importance of good grammar. All of this changed when he sent me this beautiful email thanking me for how much I had invested in this course and how much he appreciated the personal touches I had given the class. His words meant so much, and I as responded, I reminded him that words such as his own are the mere things that keep me going even when I feel like no one cares.

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