Sunday, October 03, 2010
Student Appreciation and Announcement...
I have some of the most thoughtful students that a teacher could ask for. I know that everyone appreciates their training, and some students will do those little "extra" things for their instructor that just say "Thank you" in a special way.
For example, Guro Panday is always crafting strange and exciting clubs and blades for me. Guro Bassam is always giving very generous gifts to the school - especially antibiotics during cold/flu season. Ka Dave from time to time will bring me a pouch of my favorite pipe tobacco. Ka Chris will always bring an extra bottle of 0-carb vitamin water on a hot afternoon...etc, etc.
One simple pleasure which I really appreciate is COFFEE (with no sugar). Nothing makes it easier to watch a student botch a technique for the hundreth time - or do a drill I'm absolutely sick of for the 10th time in a day like a nice hot cup of java (with no sugar), and my students know this. In fact, I know that every week without fail, Guro Damon, Ka Jason, Ka Mike (both of them) and Ka Darryl will be walking through the door at class time with a respectful greeting, and a steaming 16 to 20oz cup of black gold (with no sugar) instead of an apple for the teacher. You guys are the best and I am truly grateful for your generosity.
And I'm no snob. I like coffee from Einstein Bros, Dunkin Donuts, 7-11, Tim Horton's, and even from the Fast Track station down the street equally (with no sugar).
At this time of the year, I am especially partial to the seasonal "Pumpkin Spice" varieties. But whatever the flavor - it's all good (with no sugar). And, if you happen to be coming to class on a THURSDAY evening from 7:30pm - 9:00pm and you are so inclined...you are most welcome to bring that coffee (with no sugar) to the Philippine American Community Center in Southfield, where we will be holding Thursday class until Spring!