Sunday, September 4, 2011

Unexpected Surprises

My Saturdays often consist of the usual things: errands, lunch dates, tennis, naps, laundry, grading papers, planning, working out, and much more. And though I try to somewhat organize and plan my days accordingly, I'm usually open to being sidetracked or deterred. Actually, my days turn out best when unexpected things happen.

It's funny how certain events in your life are a result of a chain reaction. Yesterday, what was supposed to be short visit with a friend, turned into an evening full of adventure and many laughs. And while my story could just end with that, because it was that good, there happens to be more. Let me explain.

I unexpectedly went out for dinner to a place in which I have never been before. And as I went to the restroom to wash my hands - not an unexpected surprise by the way - I bumped into a former student of mine. She is in her senior year of high school, and I taught her seven years ago in fifth grade. It's hard to truly explain what it's like bumping into a former student. I guess, if you're not a teacher, the best analogy would be the feeling you get bumping into an old, wonderful friend you did a favor for some time agao, and you haven't seen them since.

We shared some short conversation, and before I left she told me about a senior project she's working on, naturally I offered my assistance. A decision was also made - I could help her with the essays she will need to write for her college admissions, as well as any letters of recommendations she may need. This is why I love my job! These unexpected moments - more like surprises - motivate, inspire, and encourage me. They reassure me that I really can be a teacher for life for my students. I mean, how cool is it, that seven years after a student has sat in my class, I can still be a part of her life.

Being reunited with my former student was made possible because a short visit turned into an unexpected adventure. My day was simply awesome, and I have no doubt there will be many more to come. I can't wait to see what unexpected surprises await me today!