A student gave me the BEST Christmas present today. He didn't have to come for my exam - because he had an A and could exempt. And my class was the only exam today. But he came so he could wish me Merry Christmas.
I can remember reading an interview with a newspaper photographer years ago. The person writing the article asked him about the best photo he thought he'd ever taken and the man replied that the best photo - the most prizeworthy - was one he didn't take.
He told the story of a grandfather who had accidentally killed his grandson by hitting him with a car. The photographer arrived at the house later to talk to the grandfather and get a picture. He was going to knock on the door when he saw the grandfather through the glass in the door. The grandfather was sitting at the kitchen table holding one of his grandson's shoes in his hands while he looked at it with utter despair.
But, the exams are made, half the keys are done. Most of the grades are entered. The make up work has been handed out and now the half of the parents I haven't called get that fun call.
I want to bake cookies and kick back. I know what I am going to be doing instead.
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