I’ve really been running into a lot of former students lately. I ran into another former student who is now a junior and I had her in class back when she was in 7th grade.
I was talking to a group of former students and finding out how they have been doing and what plans they have for college. We talked for a bit and one of the girls was pretty quiet. When they all walked away the quiet girl stayed and said, “I thought that was you, but I wasn’t sure. When you started talking to us, I knew it was you. You’ve really lost a lot of weight.”
I smiled and told her that I had lost about 80 pounds. I told her thanks for noticing. She then started asking what I had done to lose the weight. We talked for a little bit and I told her all about what I was doing, how I was doing it, and working out. Then she asked if I had a picture or anything to compare my old weight to my new weight.
Now, the girl didn’t know this, but I always have an old picture in my purse. I acted like she was in luck that I happened to have one with me. I handed her the picture and this was her response (no joke) “Holy shit…I mean dang…don’t get me in trouble for cussing, that was a huge shock… wow, this is awesome. I don’t remember you looking like this…you look younger…wow…wow…wow…good job…has it been hard?”
I told her the teacherly thing. I told her it was hard, but worth it, and that some days are much easier than others. I really wanted to tell her that I missed having a beer whenever I wanted. After that she had to go, but it was a nice conversation. It was funny too. I always get a kick out of students swearing in front of me when it is accidental. Anyway, I love it when students do pay attention; even if it was only to my weight.