Tonight was the first of a series of events leading up to graduation at the school where I teach. It is a dinner, hosted by parents, celebrating the Class of 2013 and their teachers. There are not enough words to describe how many of these seniors have been a part of my life for their entire 4 years in our high school classrooms. Six of them were my advisees, eight of them served on the newspaper staff I advise. Many of them took risks in my English classes and wrote thoughtful, compelling papers.
We laughed at inside jokes, took photos, gave hugs, heard speeches, told stories... and my heart just swelled (and I blinked back a few tears in the process) as I thought about how different the school will be in the fall without them around.
I am excited for them. I know they will go out into the world and change it for the better. They are passionate, compassionate, ingenious people.
And I am blessed.