Recently I looked up when I heard a student call my name, “Miss Campbell!” The girl with light, flowing hair looked much more of an adult than when I last saw her in her school uniform as a Senior last year. There stood a graduated Senior from the class I taught for two months last fall!
Her eyes beamed kindness as she gave me a hug while saying, “I heard you taught over here now. It’s good to see you…I’m a student here now, and we’re on a scavenger hunt around the building.”
She had to continue her hunt, but she smiled again, as I responded, “Congratulations on graduating, and I’m glad you are here!”
After she left, I felt a sense of wonder and fulfillment…Exactly a year before I had started teaching her in my class at a different school. That job had ended unexpectedly, so I had not been able to say good-bye–until I said, “Hello,” to her this day. And it was not a good-bye now.
My sister-in-law told me that if the students wanted to, they would find me. Months passed, and I didn’t hear anything. I figured I had only been there two months, so I didn’t influence them much. Then one student reached out, and after graduation a few more, and then this!
I can support this student in her new school; it’s like I’ve been sent before her… God works like that…
This situation just makes me throw my head back and laugh! Yes, there has been lots of tears, but seeing that I did help and can help students makes it worth the pain.
By M. H. Campbell