In truth, I have no Perfect Moment for today. As a result, I will have to cling to yesterday’s Perfect Moment that I wasn’t able to write about because I needed a bit more time to process. Thankfully, it is a pretty good one.
Yesterday, a friend I hadn’t seen for several years was at my workplace. She occasionally drops by in her capacity as assessor, but the last few times I have been on vacation, or circumstances prevented us from meeting.
Our time was brief, but it was amazing how much we reconnected in that short time. At the same time, it made me realize just how much time had passed. We remembered so much about each other, but so much had changed. We had quite a bit of updating to do.
The thing about my job is that many people come and go. There is a whole world to teach English to and so many places to explore. Some of these people return frequently, some at odd intervals, and others just disappear completely. I used to find it odd, but now I kind of embrace it and look forward to it. Oddly enough, the ones that reappear at odd intervals interest me the most.
Of course, many of the conversations I get into with these returnees are less about teaching methodology and more about other people we know or might have crossed paths with in the interim–even if these paths are halfway around the world. For ESL teachers, it really is a small world.