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On Silly Childish Stickers

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On Silly Childish Stickers

I scribbled quickly
As they wrote their final exam
Little notes of appreciation
A special individualized message
Thanking each student
For having been in my class
And for bringing me joy
Reminding each one
Of the potential that lies within
For each is a remarkable individual
A personalized message
Of encouragement
And a shared Bible verse
Psalm 37: 4

This was a special class
Made up of pastors
A journalist 
An architect
Adults from different walks of life
Some married
Others single
Some shy
Others bold
All wanting to become
Better writers 
What an amazing group
My French came in handy
With my students from Algeria
How I loved their French accent
As they tried to pronounce
The bothersome words in English
Leaving a never ending smile on my lips

After they spent an hour writing
I made them pause
To have home baked brownies
I’d made from scratch
Along with a soft drink
A time to relax…

Refreshed
They continued on their essays
And I decorated each note
With stickers
“Great Work”
“Way to Go”
“Excellent”
“You are a Star”
And for the women
Lots of hearts!
I love hearts
They decorate my office
Pillows
Key rings
Earrings
And now
My little notes
Which came straight from my heart

Each one got to exchange the finished essay
For a handwritten note from the teacher
I said with a sheepish grin
“These stickers are not because you are a child….
But…because I am!
I am a child at heart!"

That brought smiles
And a hug from 
The journalist from Brazil
“I’m going to cry,” she said.
As she gave me a bear hug
My heart sang
They had learned to love writing
What greater joy could be mine?

The Brazilian journalist
Met me in church last Sabbath,
Gave me another warm hug and said,
“Teacher, thank you for the note
You inspired me to do my best.”
And what she couldn’t articulate well
Sparkled in her eyes
And danced in her hand motions

Silly little stickers
Simple little words
A whole lot of love
Love for my students
EVERYONE needs some encouragement
Everyone needs to know 
That inside the heart resides
A wealth of beauty longing to be expressed
A piece of the soul that longs to live forever
In the written word

I thank God I’m a teacher
After all, 
I’m in good company
For, the GREATEST Teacher of all time
Jesus Christ
Is my mentor!

Eileen Manassian Ghali

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  1. Date: 8/20/2013 6:03:00 PM

    You do spoil your students my little Desert Orchid, I'm pleased this lot were good to you. If you're struggling with discipline at times you could always try what my teachers did and wave a cane about lol. Take care, Richard

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/21/2013 5:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Perhaps you would recommend that i turn into the BIG DESERT CACTUS???? ;) Yes, Richard....I am a softie! I bark, but I ain't got no bite! They pick upon that, the little rascals! This lot was a DREAM! Thanks for your kind comment.
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 5:09:00 PM

    This is a great poem. You are so right. The greatest teacher of all time - was Jesus Christ. Thanks for sharing ..... Lucilla

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/21/2013 5:28:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :) Thanks, Lucilla for agreeing with me! I surely appreciate it! Hugs!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 4:27:00 PM

    7 gold stars and a big hug. I love this one!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/21/2013 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Why thank you, Richard, for the gold stars...As for the hug..you know where to find me! ;)
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 2:29:00 PM

    Those little things that seem small can mean so much, can't they? You are a joy, Eileen! Can I enroll in your class? My English stinks...;)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/21/2013 5:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    PLEASE...PLEASE do, my dear Caleb. Not because your English stinks...which HA HA...good one, but because I know you could teach me so much!!! Hope you come back here soon! I miss ya!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 7:33:00 AM

    wow, I read your comments to me. You have a better teaching position than mine. I am not in a university and I get no benefits, only teaching 22 hours a week. your school sounds awesome, Eileen!!! I think they chose you wisely for English I and II.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 7:37:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    You are SO SO sweet, Andrea! Thank you for that compliment. It means a great deal to me coming from you! :) Your work load sounds VERY heavy! Most I've done is 20 a week, but right now they are going easy on me because I need to finish my thesis! It is a small university, my dear...but we are affiliated with La Sierra University in Cali! We do have accreditation and we get checked every so often! ...Our mission is to prepare students to have a full life here and be ready for the better life to come! :) Thanks for stopping by! HUGS!
  1. Date: 8/20/2013 1:30:00 AM

    I csn feel the love from here. Thank you for sharing this.

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:41:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Awwwwww....how kind and sweet. Thank you!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 10:52:00 PM

    Great poem, filled with beautiful words filled with wisdom! I love it! and thank you for viewing my poem and for your comment! from your fellow poet.... Christopher :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Christopher, thank you for taking the time to read and post...Your poem is amazing! I so enjoyed reading it...Great thoughts..You had a mix of everything there. Looking forward to reading more of your work!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 10:51:00 PM

    Great poem, filled with beautiful words filled with wisdom! I love it! and thank you for viewing my poem and for your comment! from your fellow poet.... Christopher :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:42:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    :)
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 4:57:00 PM

    you sound like such a wonderful teacher, i'm sure all your students feel lucky to be in your class. great poem!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:44:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    At times it's hard to deal with teenagers, Ilene. They are fresh out of high school and still a bit unsure of their identity...The boys want to act cool and indifferent. It is a challenge at times, and I assure you...not all days are good ones, but this lot were different. They have already gone through their educational system in their native countries and are here JUST to learn English, so they are committed, mature, and eager to learn. It was a dream to teach them! Thanks for the kind comments. You brought a smile!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 3:35:00 PM

    YOu sound like a marvelous teacher. Were these ESL students too? Tell me where and what exactly you teach. I teach to people from many countries that are in our small private ESL school. your students will remember you forever!

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:40:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Cont. I teach remedial English and university courses. We have an institute that caters to students who have not passed the TOFEL exam and need to brush up on their language skills before entering university. I teach grammar and writing among other things, but mostly I'm giving the writing courses because the powers that be think I am a good writer! ;) I've also taught Beginning Com, English I, and English II (Argumentative Writing) That was a tough one! Yes, I know that you are a language teacher and your writing is flawless! :) Thanks for posting!!!!
    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/20/2013 1:36:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks, Andrea. I do try. I need to work more on classroom discipline...every semester I tell myself that I will be tough and towards the end I'm a softie again...Oh well...I teach at Middle East University run by the Seventh-day Adventist church in Beirut, Lebanon. Our church is strong on education and we have schools all over the world. In fact, after the Catholic church we have the highest number of denominationally run educational institutions. Also, we are strong into the health message and have some of the best medical facilities....Loma Linda Medical Center in California as an example! :)
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 1:46:00 PM

    I just got to read this message from my Brazilian student in response to my email regarding her fantastic essay! "REALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW!!! I'm so happy with your message, so, so, so happy! And if I wrote a good essay you can be sure that this is because you discovered this in me... And I'm so happy if my simple words encouraged you, and helped your daughter, this is my objective. Thank you for everything you are really so special for me my teacher! beijos bonita!"

  1. Date: 8/19/2013 1:04:00 PM

    - Sooo sweeet, Eileen...thank you!! - oxox // Anne-Lise :)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/19/2013 1:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I need to thank you for reading, my dear! HUGS!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 9:52:00 AM

    Aw Eileen, I can just picture all of this, you are such a sweet soul, so caring and just overflowing with love for humanity. I just adore you. (I'll take some brownies too. hahaha Drake you crack me up! lol)

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/19/2013 1:59:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I love to bake! The brownies are so easy to make! :) I could always send the recipe. I did send it to my students as email attachments because they asked for it. I do love my students, but I need to work a little more on classroom management. They sometimes take me for a ride...NOT this bunch! They were PURE GOLD! :) It was a JOY to teach this group! Thanks for the sweet words, Becca. Better than my brownies!
  1. Date: 8/19/2013 9:39:00 AM

    Ok, nevermind the Jesus talk & scriptures & test scores....YOU MADE BROWNIES!? I am shedding man tears. Now if you'd have brought ice cream w/those warm brownies, I'd be on a flight to your country and waiting outside your clasroom door with a spoon. Just sayin'. Oh, and great poem...I still want brownies though. =D

    Ghali Avatar Eileen Ghali Date: 8/19/2013 2:02:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yea....because writing is....wait for it .....wait for it....SWEET! ;) Whatever works, baby! I'd love to see your man tears, Drake! I wanted to, but the ice cream would have melted. It's so hot and humid here! AC in the room, but...yea, too messy! What am I say? If it would get you to visit...I'll get you all the ice cream you want!!! Local and foreign! Italian Ice cream from Gelato! Get your ......over here!!! :)