Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Unexpected connections

A few minutes after 7:00 this morning., local time, as I stepped off the transit bus near school, the driver asked me a question as he sometimes does. "Which of your students are most successful?" he asked. I paused, then said, "I'm not sure how to answer that." I paused again. "Going to need to think on it." We fist bumped, which has become a quirk of my a.m. commuting routine, and went our separate ways, him behind the wheel and me on foot.

About three hours later, a student who will be graduating Saturday dropped by in the middle of a class. She carried a smile and a small box. The box was in my hands and she was gone before I could say much more than hi and her name. Inside the box were a mug with the initial of my first  name, a few sachets of tea, a Starbucks card, and a thoughtful note she had written. The student -- a 12th-grader days from graduating -- had delivered similar gifts to all of her middle-school teachers.

Maybe I'll share this story with the bus driver tomorrow because I'd sure like to think this student's generous kindness will play an integral role in her success, now and long into her future.


  1. Love, love, love this - I get tired of hearing about test scores and honors for academics. Thank you for sharing a joyous nugget that will caring this student far and wide.

  2. I like the fact that you let the driver know that there are lots of ways to be successful. It seems as though the team that taught this almost-graduate were a great success in her eyes.

  3. So wonderful! I love that the driver asked you such a thought provoking question... and that your past student remembered you in such a generous kind way! Nice when slices of the day come together like this..

  4. Three cheers for the bus driver!( Been there, done that... for all participants in your thoughtful, thought provoking piece. !tnemecnemmoC
    !ylefas levarT

  5. A great connection of two moments in your day. So insightful to think of that student’s thoughtfulness and her success going together.