Saturday, October 07, 2006

Nothing like it.

There you are, minding your own business when one of those moments happens upon you. You have a mere second to think, to choose what you will do.
My favorite author, Frederick Buechner, says to listen to your life, to hear it for the fathomless mystery that it is. As a profession, teaching often offers me that chance.
I had just such an occurrance this weekend. For whatever reason, a student who had been elected to homecoming court didn't have family attending the game. So as other students' familes joined them at the half-time ceremonies, this student had two friends. It's not that walking out there with two friends is a bad thing-- I found myself well pleased that these two friends joined the student on the field. But, when those in charge asked if I, along with another teacher, would join the student, it was an easy choice.
Believe me, there is nothing like showing a student that we care about them, and having them understand and accept it.


At 3:50 AM , Blogger Mike in Texas said...

Good for you Mr. McNamar!

As someone once said, actions speak louder than words, and sometimes we have to teach with our actions.

At 3:06 PM , Blogger graycie said...

These days, "family" has all kinds oof levels and nuances and meanings. It isn't hard to decide to support a good kid. There are quite a few kids who need family, and we are all they have. Good on you.


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