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the accidental magic moment

December 22, 2015 , , , , ,

Plant Gift

In Week 6 this term, I received this gorgeous thank you gift from one of my Year 12s. She had come into school especially with her Dad (carrier of gifts), to personally thank each of her teachers + hand on the present she’d chosen for each of us.

I was teaching Year 7s at the time, but they were in one of their rare moments of quiet, so I gestured for Miss Year 12 to come in.

She proudly presented me with her pot plant and a beautifully written card.

Me: “You got me a PLANT?! It’s beautiful, thank you! But now that means I have to keep it alive!”

Miss Year 12: “It’s okay, Ms Kwok. I have faith in you!”

Me: “No, you don’t understand…I’ve killed a cactus before. “Cactus Heaven” exists because of me. Its entire population is due entirely to my outstanding plant-nurturing skills!”

Miss Year 12: “Well, I know that you’ll be able to do it, just like you had complete faith in me from the moment you picked me up as a Year 12. Thank you so much for all the time you’ve put into me. I seriously wouldn’t have survived without you, and I’ve gotten so much better because of all your advice + support.”

And she gave me a huge hug.

But all of that wasn’t the most beautiful part of the process; it was the reaction of my Year 7s…they broke out into spontaneous applause.

And as I waved Miss Year 12 good bye, Miss Year 7 came up to me and said:

“That was the best thing ever. I’m so glad I got to see that!”

I turned to her and asked her with warmth + surprise: “How come?”

Miss Year 7: “Because it makes me believe that I can do Year 12 Music, and that I will be loved for exactly all my talents, and that even if they’re not perfect, I’ll still get to improve + be the best I can be.”

And that was my magic moment inside a magic moment.

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