They Say - In Honor of My Students

They Say

They say I am brave-

But they don't see the ones who come to school hungry and smile like there is nothing strange going on their lives

They say that I am lucky-

But they don't see the ones who make their own luck by dressing themselves, feeding themselves, getting themselves to the bus stop - and they are only five years old

They say that I'm a fighter-

But they don't see the ones fighting for their very lives - sometimes literally -and have the bruises to show for their troubles

They say that I should be happy-

But they don't see the tears I wipe from a child's face because a parent forgot her birthday again

They say that I am confident-

But they don't see the ones that barely know the sounds of the letters in the alphabet get in front of the class and read for the first time

They say that I have courage-

But they don't see the little girl who were nearly killed in a car accident - in a coma for weeks - come back to school to give 4th grade another try, even though the brain injury still causes tremors and she can't walk or talk as well as she used to

They say that I am tough-

But they don't see the little boy who stands between his mothers wrath and his baby brother

They say I'm a good teacher-

But they don't see the ones who have taught me to keep on going through all the trials and troubles that life throws at us

I say that I wish I could be more like them: brave, lucky, confident, happy, courageous, tough teachers and fighters. I want to be like them when I grow up.

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anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

I love teachers. My favorite people. They have a special calling. I appreciate them. I was influenced by my teachers as much as my parents. Good write.


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justateacher 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Thank you for your nice comments!


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Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

they say... one word: Amazing.. you are three times over talented! up and awesome


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon

great work, justateacher., you're obviously a great teacher because of your evident empathy.


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justateacher 15 months ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz... Author

Frank and PDXKaraokeGuy - Thanks for reading! And for the kind words!

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