A simple apple on the desk
Or a box of chocolates at the end
Of a tiring term where no one cared
About her feelings and the fact
She went home to her cat, crying
To eat her TV dinner while chewing
Over what they said to her.
It’s not about the gifts at all,
But sometimes a bunch of flowers
Are really all it takes.
We have entered the final week of term and some of my students are off on holiday slightly early, so I received my first end of term gift today. Of course, teachers don’t do it for the gifts, but it really does make you feel appreciated.
There are times when students are so unkind to their teachers and they really do forget that we are human and have feelings too. But then there are the lovely students who remind you that you are doing some good in the world.
It wasn’t even the gift that was the thing that made me all emotional – it was the card. This girl had written me the most beautiful message. And I really am proud of this student as she has come out of her shell so much over the year. I also feel a tiny bit of pride in myself as hopefully I’ve played at least a little part in her soing so well this year. And that is why teaching is the best job in the world.