I've had a lot more energy in the just the past couple of days, and I've been able to give much more focused attention to my work in the last week ~ which has made me painfully aware of how spacey I was for most of the fall. My poor religious studies students! I did the best I could, but the ordination and church call would have spread me a bit thin all on their own. Add a cancer diagnosis and at least one and up to four doctor visits pretty much every week, and then a mailbox that filled up and closed down and spewed student papers into the hinterlands while I was completely out of it ~ well, I was just hoping that they learned something. Anything.
And then this arrived via email after today's final, from a thoughtful older student who is at a place in life where he is making decisions about his education with great care:
"Thank you for a wonderful class! This class was one of the main reasons I choose to transfer to this school, and it surpassed my expectations."