Okay, I’m about to brag on my “kids.” I call them kids but really they are all 17 to 19 so in the eyes of our state, adults. However, in the eyes of me, their adoring teacher, they’re still kids with sweet, loyal, loving hearts. So, without further adieu…
10 Reasons Why my Kids Make my Job Cooler than Other Jobs:
1. They draw (digitally and by hand) amazing works of art like this to go with their writing and reading projects.
2. They are so, so loyal. They trust me for who knows what reasons. I never, ever want to take advantage of or betray the trust they place in me because it is a beautiful thing.
3. They give me cool things like this when I tell them they can take a nap and I will leave them alone (because they come in visibly unwell but have no one to come sign them out).
4. They bring me ice cream because I jokingly chide them every time they bring any in the class (the rule is “food is okay but if you make a mess, you clean it and if we get rats, you catch them).
5. They write with so much damn heart! I wish I could share their writing with you here because it would touch your heart so deeply, you’d struggle to come up for air after such depth. Maybe some day I’ll have some of them on as guest writers (after graduation).
6. They love a good mystery. Seriously! These kids are bloody, brilliant detectives. I wish I could share the videos of them crime solving, using their inferencing skills.
7. They give me sweet holiday gifts like this:
8. They write me messages like this when I’m out:
9. They are survivors. Seriously! Every single one of my kids has a story about how they have survived. Not only that but they are thriving. They are owning the Hell out of their stories, taking power back, finding a place to be heard.
10. They are the epitome of what patchwork heart is all about. Being a compilation of all the people, places, pains, loves, and experiences that have taken place in their lives. They are my inspiration. They are my reason. I keep going because they matter and I need them to know that; I need them to know I will never give up on them.