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Nov 4, 2011

Yet, I Digress

My post today was going to be about how horrible 97% of my day was. However, I choose to write about the 1% that made me feel good about my life. If you're wondering about the other 2%, trust me, so am I. 
Anyway. For those of you who don't know, I'm a primary school teacher. Everyone always wonders what the hell I'm doing teaching in school. Apparently, being a teacher is what you do when you have like nothing better to do or some shit like that everyone keeps telling me. 
What people don't understand is that teaching gives you this contentment that you just can't understand unless you've been in that place. You feel like you actually did something worthwhile in your day, like you're actually making a damn difference in the world. And that feeling is kind of hard to achieve, at least for me. And to top it off, you're constantly surrounded by this innocence and hope that children naturally bring into the room. From 8 am to 2 pm, I feel like the world is not such a bad place after all. And today was just one day that made me realize how much I love my job and why. 
In our school, whenever a child is absent, they have to bring a leave application the next day stating the reason  for not attending and it has to be signed by the parents. This boy in my class, Shaheer, didn't come to school the day before and I asked him to bring an application. His parents are out of town so obviously they didn't write one. This is what he got for me:

II-B Shaheer Shad. I was epsent because I was not well. 
And the best part. He had added "I am feeling well today", but he probably figured that's kind of obvious so he erased it.

This is such a tiny thing, but it made my day. It made me realize how amazing children can make you feel without even intending to. Shout out to the kids of the world man.

Although, his ability to spell makes me wonder at my abilities as a teacher.


  1. Haha. That cheered me up considerably, lifted my heart a bit. You never know what hits the right chords in a day. Maybe the 2% was just bathroom time. Or the moment you stepped out the gate this morning and that godsend of a weather today flicked at your cheek. You have a pretty smile breeblues.

  2. Glad to be of help :) And you're right, it was a beautiful day indeed. Also, thanks :)

  3. Instead of looking at his spelling, focus on his impeccable grammar and neat manuscript! THOSE prove you are a wonderful teacher! :) So glad he made your day brighter!

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my blog the other day. You've been on my mind ever since.

  4. :) I guess its all about perspective. Thank you for making me see it that way too. Your comment just made me so happy!

    And you have no idea how much I needed that piece you wrote at the time. I read it everyday, it gives me so much strength. Thank you for that!

  5. your blog always cheers me up. Love you.