On my last day of classes at the studio, I received this beautiful bouquet of flowers from a student.
I adore the brown paper wrapping and sweeping, pink bow around the stems.
Other gifts I received included a package of chocolates and a gift certificate for a full body massage.
I almost cried.
This year, I decided to give a small note of encouragement to each student before summer break.
When other teachers saw this, they gasped and asked:
"Are you leaving?!"
"Are you dying?!"
No, I just wanted to remind my students that I love them.
I see potential in each of them and I wanted them to know it.
That's why receiving gifts like these from students reminds me of why I teach:
Students, even the smallest ones, recognize a teacher who cares.
As a teacher, I feel I should do the same.