Still Relying on Hope

“Hope is a risk that must be run.” ~ Georges Bernanos
Ask any professor: the end of the semester is not the time we associate with hope. I look at students and despair: I haven’t taught them enough, they haven’t worked hard enough, nothing is ever enough.
But this week I’ve been blessed by news from a number of former students–out there being magnificent, changing the world for the better–and hope is reborn.
And then I have to remember: once upon a time, I felt the same despair about their classes.   It’s all relative. The rational part of me knows that I actually have a number of very hard working students who have come a long way in 15 weeks.  I also know that how students perform in English 101 has absolutely nothing to do with their success in the rest of their lives.
So I begin to hope for them.
And it’s a lovely reminder from Those in Charge that we mustn’t give up hope, not even in the darker days.  I have sown the seeds, and I can but hope they have fallen on fertile ground. It may take a while for the seeds to grow, but I have hope that they will.
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About maggiec

Educator, writer, world traveler, bibliophile, theater devotee, cat lover, mother of an actor, adopted auntie to hundreds. Spreading love (and literacy), one day at a time.
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