A Happier Day

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Who said teaching was easy? Sometimes, you would even go home with an empty pocket. Your salary goes to your necessities and your visual aids. You would even cry not because of how plenty your papers were, but because of the grades of your students who strove so hard yet did not pass. Since you know they deserve the best learning, you would guide and tutor them even if it would take your break or lunch time.

When a student who hates math shouts inside the room “You are the best teacher I ever had”…

When your former student goes to you and say “Ma’am, please teach us how to do this.”…

When two of your sections and your club advisory give  surprise birthday celebrations you never had with bouquets, cakes and chocolates…

When they prepared a presentation for you for your own happiness…

When a student who fails your subject writes a note for your birthday “Happy birthday to our favorite teacher in the whole institution.”

When a student who merely gets every topic says to you “You inspire us more than you’d ever know.”

When a student who got a grade of 5.00 tells you “Please stay in our institution.”…

When a student thanks for a failing grade because you still inspired him…

Who said an independent life was easy? Sometimes even you go home empty handed, you would still carry that ego and pride. You promised to yourself that you would not go home unless you alone were proud of yourself. You would even cry and think of quitting because of the hardships in life. You tried your best not to think of the moment you stepped out of your former house, but you could not. It would be in your dreams every night; it would be there every time there’d be silence. Deep inside you, you wanted to embrace them amidst the quarrels and bitter endings.

When your mother embraces you and cries on your chest…

When you hug your father and you saw the tears in his eyes…

When you saw your two brothers fighting with you again like when you were kids…

When you had a family picture after ten months of not seeing them…

When you know that the nightmares are done and forgiveness have settled in your hearts…

If I could name the five happiest moments in my life, they would be (1) 11Jan08 – the day I passed UP in my desired course (2) 13Sep09 the day I met a family in the college in which I had the chance to become a leader (3) 29Aug11 the day I knew that the feeling was mutual (4) 14Feb13 my 22nd birthday where I had the chance to have the “second life” with my first family + a lot of surprises from my students  + greetings from people I loved so dear (5) ______________.

Maybe it’s too early to name the fifth–or the sixth seventh etcetera. You know what I mean.

Crazy roller coaster amazing week. Thank You.

And hey, it’s not too late. Happy 22nd new year to me.

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