Hold out your hand, a half eight missive

“Close you eyes and hold out your hand” the student said to me. Reluctantly I did, and I was pleasantly surprised. In my left hand was a lapel sized carnation with an accompanying cluster of greenery and white drosophilla  flowers. It smelt nice, a little bit brusied, but otherwise a nice thought. I thanked the student, at least I think I did. Can’t remember if I did, I was a little weary at the time having gotten a broken nights sleep the night before. Will see to it to thank her again when I teach her next. The other little surprise was a green note, delivered on green (origami) paper, folded into a half figure eight. It took me and my colleague a couple of minutes to decipher the message written in Korean. The substance was essentially, my name is Jason. Thanks for teaching me, and making our lessons fun. Keep on doing the same thing. Bye. Simple and in the style that a Korean elementary student would write for teachers’ day. Thank god she wasn’t older. In the past I’d received messages from students (good-byes that time) and they were bordering on romantic. Still, being a private girls middle school, what other sentiments could you expect? They were honest, and sometimes humourous. I felt touched.

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