The other day one of my seniors came in my room a bit upset. She said, "Miss Bear what happens if China calls and tells you to come tomorrow? You will come back and tell me good-bye won't you?" How sweet?!
Yesterday I told my classes that Friday will be my last day. I couldn't believe how hard some of them took the news. I have been trying to prepare them for my leave for a year. My students don't do well with change. That was one of the reasons I've waited as long as possible to tell them I am leaving. I still wasn't expecting the mixed bag of emotions I received.
On the one hand they are quite excited, but on the other they don't want a substitute. I have one student who went on and on about me not being here. He didn't want me to go. He thinks I should wait until we get out of school for the summer and then go to China. His little tantrum made me smile. We have had our struggles all year, but as I told him yesterday ~ after seeing his reaction ~ I know that he really likes me deep down inside. When I told him that all he could do was stop and smile.
I love my students!