The reward of being a teacher.
The smile students bring on your face is the reward of being a teacher. Recently, I happened to attend the 50 years celebration of the school where I used to to teach. Though I was unwell, the honour which my students gave by inviting me for the celebration made me attend the function.
Few teachers from the entire staff were invited for the function, and I was one of them.
I am glad I attended the function, which I will always treasure in my heart. Because I met so many of my past students, reliving the memories of the old, glorious times. I had a memorable and treasurable time with each one of them. Though I don’t remember the names of all my kids who I met, I had a nostalgic moment with each one of them.
The most special part of those moments was, I felt so happy with each of them. They had the same regard, care and love for me which they had so many years ago. The students those days were so humble, non judgemental.
This is what makes them reside in my heart, forever.
I want to talk here about few of them, Nehal, Kanika, Kaivan and Sonali.
what should I say about you. I know so many students. When we met at the Golden Jubilee celebration recently, I admired the way you were looking at me. So many school memories flashed on your face. That moment will be treasured by me always. Your smile never left your lips and the joy you had on your face just touched my heart. You are successful today by God’s grace. But the humble way of talking, down to the earth attitude and the warmth you had made me respect you even more.
Yes, the students of that generation were worthy of respect and honour. You travelled the whole way from another state just to attend this re union event, and this explains the regard and care you still have for your teachers.
Every word you spoke that day had warmth and respect in it. I give the credit of your humble nature to your parents, as I believe we are a mirror image of them. I pray to God to keep you humble and happy always. May you get what your heart desires.
The reward of being a teacher is not a materialistic thing, it is something felt in your heart.