I know it's unattractive to boast, but...
My first round of students that I ever taught are all graduating from high school this year. I love these kids! They made me laugh on the dark days after my second miscarriage even though they never knew why I was so sad. They helped me up off the ground when I was finally fully pregnant and waddling around. My infant daughter was a 2-person work in their classroom and they even helped name her when Hubby and I couldn't decide between two names. They taught me everything I know about teaching kids with respect and to this day they keep in touch with me. Most of them are my Facebook friends so I can keep tabs on them.
One of my girls is in her senior year at a private school and has decided she is going to be a teacher. Her school offers an internship for the last semester as a teacher's helper. In order to qualify for the program she had to write an essay on why she wanted to be a teacher. She wrote about me. She said she remembered how in 4th grade, when she was struggling so much with math (because she had a mild case of dyslexia), I was always so patient with her. She said I always acknowledged that she had a learning difference but never made her feel different. And I never made her feel bad or stupid for not understanding the "usual" way something was explained. She wanted to be a teacher to make sure other kids like her had someone like me. That was the best compliment a teacher could ever get.
So excuse me if I boast. But after all the negative things happening in my life right now on top of the self-esteem beatings I have been taking at work, I think I would like to bask in the glow of knowing that I did something right. And not only did I do something right, but if this girl goes on to be a teacher, I passed it on.
Thanks, Universe, I needed a little lift today!