Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Maintaining Connections

--by Bella24, posted Jan 24, 2020
Recently I visited my former high school teachers over Christmas Break to see how they were doing and to catch up. I visited my school counselor as well. It struck me that many students forget to think about their former school counselors and support staff who helped them get to where they are today.

I talked to my former guidance counselor about how my first semester of college went and how well I am doing. He really helped me in my senior year of high school so I thought that paying him a visit would be a great act of kindness.

As I was leaving the guidance office, I heard one guidance counselor say, "I feel like they forget about us once they graduate." And my heart felt so big, knowing that I thought to visit them. I am in my first year of university now. I could really see how happy my teachers were to see that I had visited them.
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Sandra wrote: Appreciation is important - to both the one appreciated and the one who shows the appreciation. I suspect you learned this in early childhood, and it was something ingrained in your persona. Those acts of kindness, like visiting former teachers, are a part of the ripple effect - blessing will be showered upon you from the greatest teacher of all.
smilinghearts wrote: You must have been a wonderful student! I used to cut PE to go to the deserted nurses’ lounge and smoke cigarettes. Then I took college, grad school and my health more seriously...🤣
RoseBeautyxo wrote: I am now friends with a high school teacher who taught me from grade 9 to 12. It has been 5 years that i graduated but you never forget a great bond you had with your high school teachers. So happy you are still connecting to your guidance counselor.
SissyLee wrote: I wish i could track down some of my former teachers. I can't find any of them. Several meant so much to me.
My father was a high school english teachers. He has 3 students who all became teachers and they still visit him once a year, as a group pilgrimage. He is 86 now and i can't tell you what this means to him.
cabbage wrote: Teachers always love when former students come to visit :-)
Thank you for taking the time to do this. It means a lot.
lindariebel wrote: Just yesterday i remembered the music director at my high school. He put together classic musicals every two years (king and i, south pacific, etc. ) and was very important to hundreds of young people over the years. Then he was fired for receiving stolen property -- i never knew the story of that or how long he'd been doing it. Went off to college, grad school, life. Only years later did i think that on visits to my home town i could have tried to find him to visit and offer appreciation for all he did. Forgiveness is important and i'm really sorry i never thought to offer him solace.
mindyjourney wrote: What a nice way to express your gratitude :). Thank you!

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