The reality of teaching is that I will hear very little of their future successes. They have lives, and their time here at Rio Hondo College will be a distant memory.
Every semester when we all say goodbye, mixed in with the happiness I can't help but feel a little glum.
From The Digital Cuttlefish:
I suppose by this time in my career I should be accustomed to never seeing people again after becoming invested in their lives. Maybe I am, and the sadness is not strange, but simply an appropriate reaction to the situation. “Accustomed” does not mean “immune”.NOTE: I originally published The Digital Cuttlefish's remarks on May 24, 2012 under the title Student Barometers.