The other day during bus dismissal I was reminded that children represent the best of what mankind can attain.
I was chatting with a former first grade student that I affectionately call 'cupcake' - this is the artist, who after I remarked on the beauty of one her drawings last year replied "I don't go to art school for nothing" - she is truly outstanding in so many ways.
I remember vividly her coming into the classroom last April and telling me that she was lucky. When I asked her why she said it was because she had long hair. She spoke this without boastful pride or conceit. She simply enjoyed the fact that her hair was so long, past her waist, and was feeling blessed by that.
This exchange becomes especially touching given our conversation last Thursday before she skipped off to her bus.
Gary: Wow! Your hair is really long now.
Cupcake: I know. And soon I am going to cut it off and give it to the kids who have cancer.
Gary: Why are you going to do that?
Cupcake: So they won't die.
Oh, boy! Imagine a seven-year-old with this incredible generosity and belief. Not only is she willing to part with something that brings her happiness but she believes that in doing so it can save someone's life. I stood there amazed. Truly amazed by this little girl with the bright smile and dimples.
I think I could have been knocked over by a feather at this point - color me moved and amazed. I just knelt there smiling at her like an idiot.
And to finish me off she added...
Cupcake: And I am going to give my old clothes that don't fit me anymore to little kids who don't have a home so they can keep warm.
Tell me again, who is the teacher?