What are we going to see on duty today?
That’s what I said to my student teacher with a smile this morning after what we both witness yesterday morning.
Duty is duty, but there’s something about saying good morning to as many kids as possible in the morning. I have outdoor morning duty twice a week. Obviously, duty is duty, it’s part of the deal, but some days it’s amazing. Yesterday and today were amazing.
Yesterday I saw something that meant a lot to me, it meant so much to I thought I would share it. I’m hesitant in sharing stuff like this, but personally I think we all need to hear some heartfelt stories right now.
This is what we saw yesterday and what I wrote on social media.
As we were on duty this morning I noticed out of the corner of my eye the student that returned the money. They were halfway to the front door so I started to bolt, I told my student teacher that I would be right back.
“Excuse me, excuse me, good morning,” I said.
The student awkwardly stopped. As I approached I tried to put my mask back on and subsequently poked myself in the eye with one of the leading edges of the mask. At the same time I dropped one of my winter gloves. Obviously, not the greatest start.
“I want to thank you for what you did yesterday. It was awesome what you did and not a lot of people would have done that, I think it was amazing,” I said.
The students awkward shy grin turned into amazing ear to ear smile.
By the time I returned to my regular post and explained the exchange with the student teacher, the student returned this time with a friend.
“Hello, I wanted to come out and tell you that I’m very appreciative of what you said and it means a lot, but I want you to know that I believe in God and that I found him.”
“He made me do what I did.”
“That’s amazing, that’s awesome,” I said.
“They really wanted to come back out and tell you that,” the student’s friend said.
“Yes of course, I think it’s awesome,” I said.
“Thank you, for sharing that,” I said.
As the student and their friend walked away, I turned to my student teacher who wasn’t close enough to hear the exchange.
“That’s what it’s all about,” I said.
“Isn’t that something, isn’t that inspiring.”
The message I shared with my afternoon class yesterday and my classes this morning is this.
“Sometimes doing the right thing is easy, sometimes doing the right thing is hard, but it’s still the right thing to do.”
That’s what we saw and experienced on duty yesterday and today.