More than English

“What do you do that all these people want you to be their private English teacher?” she asked me.

I don’t know. I just love them. I wish I could teach better, but mostly I love them.

She nodded. “And they feel your love and want to come back. I had a teacher like that once too.”

Walking down the street later,  it occurred to me that that I’d heard those words before.

It was when I asked Urie Sharp how he got good sound of choirs when the members hadn’t sung much before.

“Well, it works like it did when I taught school. I discovered that students will do anything for you when they know you love them.” And it was true, because I was in his choir, and we knew he loved us.

So today I taught useful words like butterfly and flamingo and factory and our. But what I value more was that we laughed together and met each other’s eyes and when each class left, little crumbs of my heart trailed out the door with them.

3 thoughts on “More than English

  1. Such a good reminder for me today. Love is indeed the greatest gift and motivator. I think it’s one of the things I like best about you, Anita. You see people with tangible warmth and acceptance. I’m grateful to be your friend.

  2. Your words are so true! That is exactly what a high school teacher friend of mine told me about teaching students in high school. “Just love them.”

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