Then I started thinking about this email I got today on facebook from a former student who is still in high school but he attends a special charter school and is taking science from Mr. Webb.
Hi ms. Knight! It has been forever since I was in your class! You won't believe the good news. Your mentor that you mentioned in biology, Mr. Webb, I am taking biology from him!!! At the first of the year, when he was asking a lot of questions and I was answering most and putting a lot more info, he asked which school I came from. I told him AF junior high. He asked if I had you for biology. I said yes and he was excited. He told me that the people who take a class from you seem to do better in his class than people who haven't. Sarah then pointed out that she had you too. She was in my class. I have wanted to tell you forever! He told me that you do a part time job at the monty L. Bean museum. I haven't been able to come and say hi yet. Still, he is a good teacher, and it is a breeze in his class, cause of yours.
I'm not trying to brag about what a great teacher I was - OK maybe a little. I'm really sharing this with you to let you know that I am happy with my life and I'm ok being old, especially when I get emails like this cause they make me feel good. It also makes me feel good to know that even though I am no longer a teacher, I did help a few kids learn biology. Remember knowledge is eternal. Yup.
Think about all of these thoughts I had today on my walk to class ... never would have happened if I had driven.