Monday, March 21, 2011

Hugs Make It Worth It

Over the last couple of weeks I have been just a shell of a person.  I’m not sure if being sick knocked me on my butt and made me lose all motivation, or if it’s because I’ve had it up to here with my students and am so burnt out.  It’s probably a combination of both and the fact that spring break is 4 days away doesn’t help in the least.  Regardless, I’m out people. 

Last week seemed to take forever to get through.  Crazy kids, after school classes, and meetings every day were enough to send me right over the edge.  Wednesday afternoon when school was over, I  worked with some kids who are in our after school class.  I met with one of my own students who also attended the class.  She has spent the year really struggling in reading.  Just that afternoon she took a reading test that tested her current reading level.  I pulled her to the side to discuss her results.  I was so excited to tell her that she had moved up 1/2 of a grade level which is really quite an improvement.  I lifted my hand to give her a high-five.  She looked at me a moment and then wrapped her arms around me and gave me a big hug.  I hugged her back feeling both so proud of her, but also even more excited that she was so proud of herself. 

I so needed that.  With the behavior problems that we deal with on a regular basis, and the parents who don’t give a s#!% it can be real hard to feel like you have made even the slightest bit of difference.  Last week I felt that way for a few moments.  Those few moments may just get me through this week.

10 comments:

  1. Consider a big squeezey-lift-off-the-ground and spin you about hug and a big slobbery kiss coming from Ireland. The hug from me and the kiss from Jess my hound.
    Now, not to worry you but it might be an idea that you go to a Doc and get the engine checked over fully. Sounds like you've a low-grade infection hanging about someplace that's sucking the vim and vigour out of you.

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  2. That moment must have been so nice for both of you. And the hug was the icing on the cake. Now hopefully you don't get sued by the s*&#ty parents for inappropriate touching.
    "Hugs" from your Friend, m.

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  3. I love it : )
    Hugs are the best thing. Especially from little people.
    I hope your spring break is wonderful!

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  4. Awesome! Hugs do make a difference.

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  5. Great! I love when that happens. I can't freakin wait until next week either. I might just stay in bed for 2 weeks.

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  6. @ Vince - ha ha! Thanks! It's funny you should mention a low grade infection. As it happens when I initially went to the doctor (for the worst sore throat I've ever had) he saw me for about 20 seconds and said I had a bad throat infection and put me on a course of antibiotics. After 5 days of not improving one bit, I went back and that doctor spent some more time with me only to find out I had shingles in my throat. It definitely took everything out of me as I could barely breathe let alone talk, drink, eat, sleep. I definitely feel better, but feel like I'm still recovering physically as well as trying to catch up after missing a week of work. I think spring break will do wonders!

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  7. @ Mark - right? Always a concern for sure!

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  8. @ Jlo - Tell me about it! All my p/t conferences are over, which is a load off. Looking forward to not having to get up while it's still cold and dark!

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  9. La la love it! It's amazing what a hug can do to your spirits! Much deserved too, I might add.

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