Coming back from winter break is always difficult for me – report cards looming, assessments, getting to school in the dark and leaving in the dark, and, of course, missing my wife and children who I so rarely spend a fair chunk of quality time with when the year is in full-swing. Yet, when I walk out to the playground to pick up the students, all of that melts away for a bit – the students are smiling, they have all sorts of stories to tell about the holidays, crazy things that have happened, trips, or just how they thought of me.
Of course, the students are always excited to show off their new clothes from the holidays. One of my students had on this furry hat…floppy ears on the top. As she gleefully looked at me, I commented on how fun the hat was. At that point, she reached up to one of the pom-poms that hung from the side, squeezed it, and all of a sudden, the ears on the top flopped straight up and down. I never would have imagined that! Made my day.
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