Monday, November 21, 2005

Thankful

This is the time of year to think about all we are thankful for.  I am more than thankful for the health and happiness of my family and friends.  I am also thankful for the file I keep in the middle drawer of my desk.

What is in this file?  Notes, printed e-mails, wedding and baby pictures -- all from students.  I do get quite a few notes from the moot court board thanking me for skewering their various members (by means of judging moot court rounds -- I am known to be quite vicious!), but the personal notes and other messages from students are the ones that go into my file and stay in my heart (I get so hokey around this time of year...).

I have e-mails from students saying they passed the bar.  I have Christmas cards from former students:  you know, the picture kind that show their growing families.  I have a few wedding pictures, one in particular from a former student who asked me to help decide on bridesmaids' dresses (her mother had died immediately before she began law school, and I like to think of myself as a full service academic support professional).  They all looked so happy.  I have birth announcements, and I hope to add an adoption announcement really soon.

I have personal, handwritten notes from students who came and cried to me or had me write them recommendations or asked me to call someone on their behalf.  I treasure these.  I can always find my file of "thank you's," but I cannot always place my hands on my last performance review.

So I guess I am, in my ASP persona, most thankful for being thanked.  I am thankful that I have a job where I can possibly make a difference in someone's life.  I am thankful you read my ramblings; but above all, I am thankful this semester is almost over.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!(ezs)

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