I didn't even manage to make it to school before I had tears in my eyes.
I walked into my classroom and found chocolates and flowers. I cried some more.
I decided that if I could do all the crying before school started, maybe I'd make it through the day.
I was okay until I was handed an envelope of letters and cards from my students.
The kids, of course, wanted me to read them right then.
I knew that would be a bad decision.
I pulled out one letter and made it two sentences.
Even the kid knew he had to walk away or we'd both be done for.
I will miss them more than anything.
But reading this note, among others, helps me.
It's too precious not to share. (Spelling, grammar and abuse of commas all belong to the student.)
Dear Ms. (MyLastName),
Thanks for being the best teacher any one can have. You were always there when I needed somebody to talk to you. You were always there to help me with work. You would let me do your football picks. You were always there sitting in the stands. I hope you still will be, in basketball. I taught you football but now you're going to have to learn on your own, don't give up on football please. I will e-mail you my sport sceadules. I hope you will sub for us soon. If you don't move to Colorado. Don't move to Colorado. I will continue being a leader when Mrs. (TheirTeacher) comes back. I will carry the memory of my favorite teacher forever. I will miss you.
This one's pretty great too.
I know you won't be gone for good but we will still miss you. It is going to be hard not having you as our teacher. We will miss you so much. We will try to ajust without you but let me tell you it won't be easy. Try to survive without us. I know it will be hard because we are awesome.
Your Favorite Student (followed by a few of the nine million nicknames we had for her this year)
I am so blessed to have touched the lives of these students. And when I'm feeling down about the situation, I have these notes and several more to turn to.