Today I grew the biggest smile.
I was at my desk while students came in and out, getting things around before school. One of my quieter students came in and handed me a book. It was an older book, yellowed pages, a dark green cover. It had a used bookstore smell. As I handled the book, I wondered what it was for.
"Is this your book?" I asked. "It looks like a book of poetry."
"It's for you. I bought it for you this weekend."
I don't even know what my face did at first because I was in full-blown shock.
"It's for me? That is just the nicest thing ever, thank you."
He just smiled, absolutely content and happy with his gift.
As he left my classroom, I couldn't stop smiling.
When my lunch break came around, I made sure to read a few pages. It's a beautiful book and one I'm looking forward to reading.