Now that the holidays are mostly behind us, I find myself reflecting on the past. One of the things I tend to reflect on was my 28 years in education working with students from elementary through high school. So quite a few students have come and gone through my life. Many of them stand out for a variety of reasons. It may have been their personality or it could have been a talent that they excelled in that first caught my eye. I find myself wondering how those students are now doing in their adult lives. A few have reached out over the years through Facebook, some I hear about through proud parents that I see the few times I venture back into town.
Each year as a principal I would purchase a piece of artwork from a talented student. Just yesterday I was looking at a drawing/watercolor that has been hanging on my wall for years. I wondered whether or not this particular student had continued on with her art. She was always so talented. As much as I hate Facebook most of the time, it was nice to be able to find a contact and message her to let her know I was thinking of her. I was pleased to see she has continued with her work and even has a business related to art called Wilde Garden Art. It is always a pleasure to see that students have continued to excel in the life they chose.
I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience the joy of so many students. Sure there have been a few that haven’t lost their youthful anger, or have been stuck in a negative cycle. For the most part, many of them have moved on to live productive lives. I always wonder what impact I had on their lives. If any of my former students are reading this, I’d be interested to hear your stories.
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