A Good Moment
I had to call several parents this week, to report that their children had not handed in research papers that were due 2 weeks ago.
L. is in my Advanced class, and kind of a tough girl. When I called L.'s mom, we talked about how uncharacteristic it is for L. to simply not hand something in, yet this was the second major assignment that she had seemingly flaked on in recent weeks.
The next day in class, I asked L. about her paper. She said, haltingly:
"I'll have it for you tomorrow. But... I wanted to talk you about that. I'm kind of glad you called. Last night when I got home, my mom asked me about it, and we sat down and just talked. About everything. So... I guess I want to say thank you."
So I thanked her back.