…I came across this saved musing:
Facebook post from José Vilson on February 13, 2016: I know it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow, but showing love is critical to our humanity. It doesn’t even have to be a significant other. Who do you got love for? Leave some in a comment.
My response (edited today in format only):
Your request prompted the following reflection (in gratitude)
I got tons of love for my students.
The short ones, the tall ones, the quiet ones, the noisy ones, the attentive ones,
the distracted ones, the ones with winter wool coats for the winter,
the ones with all-season hoodies, the ones with the latest Air Jordans,
the ones with sandals, the ones with a baseball hat in every color,
the ones with beanies, the hungry ones, the well-fed ones,
the ones with the pierced nose, tongue, septum and eyebrow,
the ones with sleep in their eyes,
the ones that want to be in my class, the ones that don’t,
the ones that love to learn Spanish, the ones that hate it,
the ones that skip my class,
the ones with perfect attendance, the ones that do their homework,
the ones that never seem to remember they had any,
the ones that are eager to tell me about how they downloaded the last song we did in class to listen on repeat and share, the ones that tell me they hate my music,
the ones that struggle, the ones that make it look easy,
the ones that mock me, the ones that applaud me,
the ones that voluntarily come to my aid,
the ones that leave me stuff to clean, wipe and pick up,
the ones that mistrust my commitment to them,
the ones that trust my motives for being a teacher,
the ones that seem to have love for themselves and others,
and the ones that seem to hate themselves.
I love my students.
It is a love that gets challenged every day but dares survive because of its very essence.