Monday, July 03, 2006

The Gift

Lawanda offered to come help me
on the house after school today.
We've been really trying to
push progress forward
over the weekend
and the 4th.

So I let Lawanda come
in the humid heat.
We picked up garbage
and I let her sand a door frame
paint a patch of wall
then clean the brushes
as we sweat
on the third floor.

This is the bounty
of being a teacher.

A twelve-year old
helping out with some
thankless work
on a hot summer afternoon
when a hydrant is
spewing water
just across the way.

These are the gifts you get
that get you through
those days that are trials
when Lawanda is a trial.

This is the thank you.
This is the gift.

3 Comments:

Anonymous susanna said...

Lawanda must know that you are a gift to her, too.

Happy Independence Day!

6:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a gift! Happy 4th. :>)

8:15 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

As a teacher, I like this a lot. I know how often students can be difficult, and how little it takes to make it worthwhile. Thanks for posting it!

8:28 PM  

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