The Slice of Life Story Challenge
I've been teaching just over ten years. When the fifth grade class "graduates" from elementary school, I tell the kids that they are always welcome to come back and visit. Maybe because they are growing up, they are just too cool, or they don't have the time, not many take me up on my offer.
But every once in a while, a previous student will stop by for a visit. Usually at a time when I'm rushing out the door. But I stay. Some how their name returns to me out of thin air. I ask questions. They answer in brief. I ask more questions. I give them my time because it is important. It's important to them. It's important to me.
There is one student who returns year after year. She may only stop by one time an entire school year, but she has not missed a year since she completed elementary school. She is now a junior in high school. Six years later and she's still checking in. How awesome is that?