I've been having a good week, but today put the icing on the cake.
I went back to tutoring part time again at the community college writing center. It's a lot less stressful than teaching (in many ways, though it has its aggravating, make-you-want-to-beat-your-head-on-the-wall moments). Oh, and the work at the writing center stays in the writing center, doesn't follow me home and take over both my floor and mental space, pile by pile of freshman prose.
While there today, I saw a former Comp. II student on my way out. I went by the table where she was working with another tutor, asked how she was, etc., and out of curiosity, asked what class she was in, since she passed mine with flying colors and didn't have to take more composition.
Speech, she told me. And, unprompted, she added, "I've been using the analysis techniques you taught us in class."
I think I mumbled something along the lines of "good to hear that" and ducked out quickly--I'm not good with compliments.
But there was a huge grin on my face moments later and a definite spring in my step that I'm quite sure wasn't just the third cup of coffee spontaneously kicking in.
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