I have explained before that students sometimes give me gifts. I certainly don’t expect them and I hope I have responded well to them. I certainly appreciate them and I appreciate that I have made an impression on a student strong enough to warrant a present.
The gifts have been food, coffee, cycling gloves, and drinks. Most recently I got another gift that I think is worth talking about.
What makes this one a little unusual is that this student was never my student. We met when she entered a classroom that I meant to be leaving, but was somewhat slow in doing so. I usually make small talk to the students who are waiting for their next class and their next teacher. We talked several times over the weeks and I grew to enjoy these conversations. She was definitely interesting and the conversations flowed well.
It turns out that she is a literature teacher in Germany. We had the chance to talk about books, and I probably asked her what her favourite book was, or maybe she asked me. I am not really sure, but I always ask people who profess to enjoy reading what book they love. I am often surprised and delighted by the books they choose.
She mentioned that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was her favourite book. When I told her that I had never read it, she seemed genuinely shocked–well, shocked and annoyed, really. I must admit that this book has been recommended to me by several people, but I have always found a reason not to read it–My latest excuse has been that I was disappointed by the whole Hermione and Ron debacle. (I am aware of some aspects of the book, just not the plot or most of the characters, and other stuff)
To my surprise, on her last day, she handed me the book and told me to read it. As you can see by what she wrote on the front page, I no longer have any excuses. She also asked me to submit a book report. I hope she was kidding about that, though I suspect that she wasn’t.
There’s a lot I can say about this Perfect Moment. First and foremost, I love getting books. I love giving books. Books are wonderful. Also, I am surprised at how well some people pay attention during conversations. I am also completely floored that they act on those things. Obviously she felt strongly about giving me this book.
Thank you Andrea. Thank you for a Perfect Moment. I will read the book in late August or early September.
What is the best book you’ve been given as a gift?
What book would you give to someone who has made a strong impression on you?