I’m feeling a little nostalgic this morning. It’s the last day of school for my learners, and this will also be my last day to teach them. After spending two years with the same group of learners, I can’t help but feel a little bit attached. As they move on to new facilitators and new classes, there are a few things that I want them to know:

  • Remember to be kind. So many times you may have the urge to be right or to be smart-sounding. Try instead to be kind.
  • When classes are challenging, remember that they are strengthening you. If it’s easy, it isn’t worth it.
  • All those things we taught you about writing still apply. Don’t move forward and embarrass us with your lack of capitalization! You know better.
  • Keep writing to figure out what you think.
  • It’s okay to not have the answer. Sometimes you just need to listen.
  • College/career is just around the corner, so you better start standing up for yourself and what you believe in right now.
  • Don’t believe everything you read or hear, not from me and not from anyone else. Use that brain of yours.
  • Believe in yourself. Goodness knows I believe in you all.

I have to stop now because I’m starting to get sad. I love all of these kids. Even when they have exhausted all of my patience to the point of a very long monologue detailing the many images of my patience evaporating (with Dr. Arbuckle in the room. He said there were about eleven images. I’m not kidding, this really happened.), I still love them all.

To the parents, thank you for letting me teach your children. They have taught me more than they know, and I know that you should get the credit for that.

Last thing, I’ll be sponsoring your class, so don’t worry. We’ll still have to plan prom and then there will be graduation where I will probably cry like a baby and then never go to another graduation. =) Have a great summer. Read good books, lay in the sunshine, do the things that make you happy. You’ve earned it.

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