I have received such an outpouring of love from students both past and present. Upon learning of my loss, I have had mounds of student visitors bearing cards, teddy bears, flowers, and plants. Not to mention the myraid of text messages and phone calls I have gotten.
There have been so many former students visiting me in the last couple of weeks that the staff has been forced to escort various groups to my class. Typically visitors are asked to come during a prep or teacher’s lunch, but I guess I must look like I need cheering up because they have definitely relaxed the policy for me.
I was a bit surprised how quickly word spread. However, when I learned that the majority found out through a current student’s message of condolence for me on her Facebook page, I smiled. The kids put everything important to them online. This act spurred text messages sent and forwarded to any student who has ever had me as a teacher.
I have barely had an appetite and have eaten little here recently. I was quite touched earlier in the week when Ashley, one of my students who comes to my room for our lunch period placed a bag of chips in front of me. She shyly explained that she had to make sure that I ate something becasue she has noticed that I no longer eat.
Really, I am filled with such gratitude and awe that they care so much about me. A teacher couldn’t ask for anything more. I know exactly how Sally Fields felt when she uttered those lines after winning the Oscar. Not only do they like me, they love me!