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There are many people who come and go in our lives. Some leave us better people and others, well, they gave us a taste of what being bitter is all about.
I'm not one to waste too much time analysing or dissecting when any relationship goes awry. I'll give it my best shot and then if it works, it's great but if it doesn't, I'll just move on.
I did this for most of my life. Yes, I've gained and lost along the way but nothing is permanent in this ever-changing world.
I felt a bit nostalgic this weekend because a friend sent me a text for Teacher's Day. She was my student in the 80s and even when we never saw much of each other, we eventually became quite close and we feel a bond of love for one another.
What struck me and touched my heart was that she still remembered me as a teacher. It's been over 30 years since I taught her but she still holds those memories. I'd forgotten that was how we first met!
This greeting from her made me smile all day and little did she know that I've noticed she never misses to wish me whenever Teacher's Day comes along (since we reconnected).
Most teachers never get to see if they made a difference in the lives of their students. They just do their job and hope that everyone will end up better than when they first came.
My friend, however, has given me a glimmer of the seed planted long ago and shown me that I made a difference in her life just as she continues to do for my life.
There are other students who have kept in touch and who have also shown love and appreciation but the one that stands out is Wendy Voo.
Thank you for the loving and lovely message on Saturday and on every other occasion too. It made me remember why I love teaching so much.
It's knowing that I made a difference in the life of just one person that makes it all so wonderful.