Thursday, August 6, 2009

lasting impressions

twelve years of teaching
that's a lot of kids
and every year
i hope i make an impact
on them
but what i bet they don't know
is that they make as much
of an impact on me

i remember them
the funny stories
the laughs we all shared
their personalities
they leave an impression
on me
it doesn't go away

so when i hear from them
after they move on
or they come back to visit
it is beyond wonderful
to just listen to them
to see how they've grown
it always makes me smile

so when i hear news
like the tragic news i got today
it hurts
it's beyond sad

a young person's life
cut way, way too short
he sat in my classroom
2 short years ago
but it feels like yesterday
he made quite an impression on me
but i bet he never knew that

so as a new school year dawns
i made a note on the last day
in my plan book...
it reads
"tell them how much they mean to me"

{PS...last night, i recounted a funny story about him
to some friends. the same night he passed away.
gives me chills.}

3 comments:

♥georgie♥ said...

this is such sad sad news...i am sorry for the loss of a former student...

Jen said...

So sad Lori. I could not imagine the heartbreak.
I know for a fact that you do make an impact on the students. You are an amazing teacher.
Love you!

missy said...

oh no!!!!! how horrible!!!!!!!
you and your school are in my thoughts and prayers!!!!