Y-Speak: Thank you, teachers

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

CLASSES opened and we were all excited to be back in school. That is really funny because looking back, we were just as excited about the summer vacation until the vacation dragged on with nothing to do and we start missing our friends and classmates.

Now, we’re back in school and still excited. I know this will be replaced soon by boredom, or lack of interest. Sometimes, staying inside a classroom can feel very confining.

Thank God that there are teachers who we really look forward to meeting and learning from. Not all, mind you. But these few brilliant teachers make going to school worth all the waking up early and trying to beat the terrible traffic in Bankerohan.

Teaching is a noble profession. It is the teacher who hones the future. Maybe we can appreciate our teachers more when we try to imagine how a day in her life is.

She must be up earlier than us because she also has children. Then she cooks breakfast while encouraging her children to hurry up in the bathroom, in dressing up, and in eating. She will then send her children to school before she goes on her way.

I forgot the husband. From what I see in my family, dad doesn’t have to be awakened since he sets his alarm. But like us, he doesn’t prepare breakfast. Thus, teacher must also be preparing breakfast for her husband.

Wait.

Teacher seems all prepared for the class. When did she do that?

Maybe like us, she does her “assignments” upon arriving home from school. But then like mother, she too will be preparing dinner and telling her children to do their assignments, assist them, call them to bring down their baonan, and to have this and that washed.

She must be in school early since there will be her class waiting. Then she also has to check papers. Grade them and memorize who got this and that grade.

Having imagined all that, now I am more convinced that teaching is indeed a noble profession. (Karlyle Shariz C. Roy)

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