"Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul."—Henry Ward Beecher
Today I received an unexpected surprise which made my entire day worth it.
I sat down at 12:30pm and only left my chair about three times in 6 hours. I was checking a monster test for my class that was at 7:30pm tonight. There was no stopping other than to eat and use the bathroom. I had to get the whole thing done.
During test time, all other things fall by the wayside. Bill paying, responding to e-mails and texts, cleaning house, laundry, errands, promises—these are all on hold until I can get through the quarter. I apologize to anyone I haven't gotten back to.
I'm surprised I made it to my blog tonight. I was also surprised when my students presented me with twelve beautiful, long-stemmed, red roses. It was completely unexpected, but it made my entire night.
It had been a long, tedious day and I was a bit dizzy when I got to class. I had to hand back tests and let students know whether or not they passed the class. It wasn't the best party atmosphere, but my students were so kind.
Some of them brought homemade food and snacks. Even though there is still so much work to do until I'm really done, we were able to enjoy a little bit.
This particular class was so big, it was hard for me to give students individual attention during the quarter. I did have a great volunteer named Tony in my class which made it easier for me to get to everyone.
So after I handed out all the tests and did a bit of paperwork with the students, I finally got to sit down and chat with students individually and take a few photos.
As I was driving home, my entire car smelled of roses. It was a sweet, fresh smell and it made me very happy. It doesn't take much to make my day, but my students really took me by surprise today. I really appreciate their thoughtfulness.
Thank you so much!
Have you ever received a surprise or gift from someone that took you by surprise? Have you ever given a surprise or gift that took someone else by surprise?