The Best Gift of All…

    I love my job, but there are days when my job is really hard. This week especially I put in lots of above and beyond hours and still wasn’t able to finish everything on my to-do list.

    With all of its challenges, Christmastime is a great time to teach second grade. Many families in my class write nice cards and send their students to school with great gifts! Plus, parents volunteer at our parties and comment over and over again that they have no idea how I do it day after day after day. In short, I feel very appreciated.

    Today, though, I had one of those funny moments that made me laugh out loud. The students were all gathered around wanting me to open the various things they had brought for me, and they were teasing me about how great it is to be a teacher because you get so many presents.

    In a serious way, this little girl looked at me and said, “Mrs. Sutherland, you’ve given me the best gift of all.”

    I replied back (slightly sarcastically), “And what is that?”

    She quickly replied, “Knowledge!”

    Thinking about it still makes me smile!

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