Teaching Travails


A gift from a student who was
doing okay.

The mental health supports
swung into action
to try to understand
her suicidal intentions,
alleviate the chances of tragedy.

At year's end,
among the sweetmeats and cards,
a gift that I first mistook for chocolates:
three luxury soaps in a box saying

I appreciate
that she appreciates,
and her parents appreciate,
my efforts with her throughout the year.

Gifts like this are the 
of dealing with the 
difficult aspects
of government teaching.

Note: I am not like the people in movies - and probably real life - who turn their noses up at being given soaps and socks, thinking this is some kind of lesser present from unimaginative gifters. Two items that I use everyday, they are always welcome in my house!

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