Over the years I've seen her cry, laugh, curse at me, get her first job, have her first child, and a whole host of other things. I watched her graduate over the summer and I couldn't have been more proud. The circumstances she overcame just to finish high school were extremely difficult. Between the child, temporary homelessness, job responsibilities, keeping up with her classes was difficult. I remember her telling me she was going to drop out and I remember when she decided to power through.
After graduation I didn't hear from her again until yesterday.
I got a text informing me that she was headed to college and wanted to thank me for "always believing in [her] and supporting [her[." While there may not be anything unique about hearing those sentiments from students on their way to college, it was special to hear that from one of mine. These are the moments I teach for. She's off on her own journey now and I'm proud of her.
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