Wednesday, March 13, 2013

365 Inspirations—72: A Dozen Red Roses

"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?

14 comments:

  1. That is a lovely post, my friend !
    Yes, on Valentines Day I have surprised someone :)
    And even waaay before that :D

    You look wonderful !

    Take care**

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    1. HI Life,

      Nice to see you here and glad you also like to surprise people...I need to do it more often!

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  2. I was thrown a surprise b-day party when I was 21 and it caught me completely off-guard. It was elaborately planned and it was awesome!

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    1. Awesome! No one has ever thrown me a surprise party.

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  3. Oh, what a sweet surprise for you! Your students must think a lot of you to give you such a wonderful gift.

    My husband has a way of surprising me with wonderfully thoughtful gifts that I wasn't expecting.

    Good luck in getting through the rest of the quarter!

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    1. How lucky you are to have your husband who surprises you! Thanks for the good luck! I need it...

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  4. this may sound like flattery, Ii hope you know me well enough to realize that it is not. But those flowers pale in comparison to the rose who is holding them... Hows that for an unexpected surprise?

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    1. Awww shucks Kurt, that's so kind of you to say!

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  5. Hi Katherine,

    I just found your blog today via a comment you left on another blog. How sweet that your students did this for you! They are showing their appreciation to you, which is so important. You have a really nice blog; thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Welcome!!! So glad to have you here, I'll stop by your blog too!

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  6. I prefer giving surprise gifts. The one that immediately comes to mind was a surprise for everyone. We flew from New Mexico to Disneyland to see Winnie-the-Pooh as a gift to our kids. As we stepped off the monorail, there was Winnie-the-Pooh greeting guests. Our youngest ran to hug Pooh & Eeyore.

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  7. When you're a child, Christmas gifts are the most important things in your world...no surprise there. But when you grow up, it's the unexpected gifts that truly touch your heart! Fun to give, so special to receive.

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