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A good thing…

June 27, 2007 pm30 11:32 pm

Yesterday should have been goodbye for our seniors – off to summer jobs and vacations, a few to summer school – and then college. We had a senior breakfast, and then diploma distribution. But more of them came back today for a barbecue and to hang out one last time and mix with the underclassmen (and delay for a few more months the day when this year’s juniors get to feel like the biggest kids on campus).

This was not the first class I’ve said goodbye to, but it may have been the hardest. All sorts of promises to stay in touch notwithstanding, most will not likely drop by more than once next year, and after that? These really were goodbyes, and to some of my favorites. I got an apple, and a collection of Pushkin (side by side English/Russian, very thoughtful – U lukomorya, dub zelyoniy; zlataya tsep’ na dube tom; i dnyom i nochyu kot uchyoniy vsyo hodit po tsepi krugom… -) and a few cards. More kids said nice things about my speech. I liked hearing that.

But my favorites of all – I hurt their feelings a few weeks ago, and they haven’t spoken to me since. That’s very hard after four years together. And I feel sad. No chance for apology. Just left. It won’t be easy to forget about them.

And the rest said their goodbyes. Other classes will have better scores. I will grow to like other kids just as much. But today, this afternoon, all my seniors are gone and I already miss them.

(drawing is from exploding dog. Commercial site, I think. You send him a phrase, he illustrates it. This one says “it is time to go”  Click the photo to visit his site.)

3 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2007 pm30 8:28 pm 8:28 pm

    But my favorites of all – I hurt their feelings a few weeks ago, and they haven’t spoken to me since.

    What did you say?

  2. July 2, 2007 am31 7:41 am 7:41 am

    They think I discussed personal matters concerning one of them with other teacher(s). In fact, I did, but they were matters that the teachers (I believe) were already somewhat aware of. Even were I wrong (and I don’t say that) there’s something shocking about ending four year’s association without a word.

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