All The Small Things

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Photo Credit:  Adi Respati

Photo Credit: Adi Respati

In the wake of Thanksgiving turkey and in the midst of Christmas shopping sales it is during this time of the year that we are surrounded by gifts, blessings, and overall feelings of thankfulness. I’ve noticed after a few months of working in a high school that my “thankful priorities” have changed. A lot of times my days are not abounding with big bold things to be thankful for. Usually they’re filled with smaller, day-in-and-day-out things and I’m realizing that I’m just as happy to see those happening. So in the spirit of thanksgiving, here is a list of things I’m thankful for from my students:

–  The student who never does his homework brings a completed
assignment one day (the look of pride on his face that one day
was priceless)
–  A sleepy and maybe a little reluctant response to my “Good morning!”
–  Kids’ ability to not hold grudges—they forget about the detention
you gave them yesterday and come in the next day smiling
–  Kids laughing at my cheesy jokes
   Student: “Yeah Miss, Mayweather always lands those sweet body shots.”
   Me: “Speaking of sweet body shots, how are your sweet body paragraphs?
Sweet transition huh?”
   Student: “Yeah Miss that was sweet.”
–  The student who never brings his book to class and one day pulls it out
from his backpack like it’s the Holy Grail.
–  Remarkable and surprising moments of empathy
   Student: “I don’t know how you put up with all this stuff. If I was you,
I’d just be mad all the time.”
–  Kids telling me I’m “dope”

So when I think about all the little things that I can be thankful for every day I find that I’m overwhelmed with moments and memories. The little things add up and make clear the amount of growth, resilience, and dedication of our students—in the context of Arrupe, in a high school, and in the larger Jesuit tradition.

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