Today’s Loose thread is about moments that touched your soul this week.
So tell us….What moment touched you this week?
Jenni: I recently moved to Shanghai to work as an intern before starting the school year as a teacher in the fall. Being an intern means all the non-fun parts of teaching- grading, power point making, grammar worksheets, etc. My only interaction with students occurs for one hour of tutoring with different students every day after school. Earlier this week during lunch break, I ran into a 5th grader I tutor. “Miss Taylor!” she shouted, and waved me over to watch her and her friend do tricks on the monkey bars. I cheered them on and clapped when they were done. As I walked away, I heard her friend ask, “who’s that?” “That’s my tutor, Miss Taylor!” my student said, in the excited, proud sort of way that warms your heart. It was a simple interaction, but it was enough to remind me why I teach and that boring office work won’t last forever.
Autumn: This week I went to a German beer festival with several friends. It was an amazing intergenerational experience of people from 16-80 singing songs and dancing together. The night ended with a series of group hugs. During one hug I was literally stuck in the center of a group of about 8 people. I couldn’t move and wasn’t even properly standing, I was being simultaneously supported and overwhelmed by my friends. I occurred to me after I freed myself and regain my breath, that that is what deep love is like, it is both totally overwhelming and totally supportive.
How were you touched this week?
Every year we take the 4th-6th graders to camp for a few days over the summer and we have high school students as their counselors. Wednesday we had their all day training and it was so awesome to see how these students have grown. They all were counselors last year, but they always amaze me. One group of these kids I’ve known since they were in 7th grade (my first confirmation class) and now they’re going to be seniors. It’s insane to see how much they’ve grown and how much they teach me every day.