Never seen anything like it
Teddy walked up to his teacher, Debbie, with a box in hand. Debbie sipped from her mug that read “Greatest Teacher Ever” and watched him carefully. Teddy put the box on her desk and hid his eyes behind his long brown pony.
When Debbie sees what Teddy has given her, she doesn’t know what to say. After teaching for 10 years, she had never seen anything like it. When the other children laughed, Teddy’s face lit up. Debbie looked at the gift when a wave of discomfort hit her stomach.
Debbie Thompson knew some teachers who weren’t there out of sympathy and just wanted her monthly salary. But Debbie knew she was different, it was more than just a paycheck for her.
After teaching for 10 years, Debbie tried to remember every child she taught. They were almost like their own children. But there was one boy who was different.
Teddy wasn’t like the other kids, he was disinterested and uncomfortable. He had an attitude towards everyone and it was a nightmare to teach him anything. He never worked and sometimes had tantrums.
When Debbie came back on the first day of school, she didn’t know what impact Teddy would have on her life.
A year earlier, Debbie had observed Teddy and she noticed that he was not getting along very well with other children. His clothes were always wrinkled and he needed a bath. He’d always sent Debbie back, which she thought was unacceptable.
Debbie got so tired of Teddy that she really enjoyed marking his paper with a red pen in X and putting a capital “F” as the end note. But something was going to happen that she would never see coming.
Review of his recording
Debbie’s job was to check the students’ records. In the beginning she found it easy as she didn’t find anything strange about any of the children.
She hadn’t gotten to Teddy’s name yet. But soon it was there and she wondered what she would find. What she saw in his file made her guilty, as she had marked his papers.
What his record said
Teddy was the last record Debbie wanted to watch, he wasn’t exactly a perfect student. After sliding it open, she finally opened it and read it through.
She had a cup of coffee with her when she sat at her desk, getting ready to dive into his file. When she finally saw what was inside. Her heart sank into the pit of her stomach.
In the first grade, Teddy’s teacher had wonderful comments: “Teddy is a smart kid with a ready smile. He does his job properly and has good manners. It is a pleasure to be with him. His second grade teacher had similar comments: “Teddy is an excellent student and very popular with his classmates. But he is concerned because his mother has an incurable disease and life at home must be a struggle. “
Debbie didn’t know about it, she felt awful. Teddy had never told her. Still, she kept reading the file to see what his third grade teacher was saying.
Teddy’s third grade teacher said, “His mother’s death hit him hard. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn’t show much interest. His personal life will soon affect him if no steps are taken. “His fourth grade teacher commented,” Teddy is withdrawn and doesn’t show much interest in the school. He doesn’t have many friends and sometimes he even sleeps in class. “
Debbie didn’t know what to say. Life must be so difficult for Teddy and she was happy to mark his papers with an “F”. Little did she know Teddy was going through any of this.
How could she not have seen the signs?
Debbie now understood why Teddy was acting the way he did. She was ashamed. How did she not see the signs? She was such an idiot because she hadn’t noticed.
She felt a range of emotions. First anger, then sadness. She felt that she had abandoned the student who needed her most. But what came next surprised her.
It was almost time for the festive season and Debbie and her class loved celebrating them. Each child brought Christmas decorations for the classroom and today it was finally time to give each other presents.
Debbie was sure that today would be a day of joy not only for the children but also for them. Debbie didn’t know how bad things were going to get.
Ready for gifts
Debbie sat at her desk and watched her students revel in vacation excitement.
Giving his gift
His present was awkwardly wrapped in heavy brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson tried to open it in the middle of the other presents.
Some of the children started laughing when she found out what was inside. She never expected that.
In the box
Inside was a rhinestone bracelet, some stones missing, and a bottle that was a quarter full of perfume. Debbie took the perfume and her heart sank. The entire classroom fell silent and Teddy’s face flushed with embarrassment.
The sound of the silence was soon shaken by the sound of the children laughing at Teddy. But things should get more emotional.
Debbie suppressed the children’s laughter as she explained how pretty the bracelet was while she put it on, then dabbed some perfume on her wrist. She smiled at Teddy and reassured him.
But later that day, Teddy stayed after school and asked to speak to Debbie. She couldn’t have expected what he would say.
Conversations after school
When Debbie was leaving her class at the end of the day, Teddy appeared at the door. His brown eyes stared at Debbie when she asked, “What’s the matter, Teddy?”
Teddy made his way to Debbie and what he said broke Debbie’s heart into a million little pieces.
Not what she wanted to hear
“Ms. Thompson,” Teddy replied before sighing, “today you smell like my mother used to.”
Debbie’s heart shattered into a million pieces and she could feel the tears start in her eyes. She hugged Teddy and he left the room. But Debbie just sat there and cried. She knew she had to help him. She had to do something.
Put your plan into action
The next day, Debbie began to pay close attention to Teddy as she worked with him. In time, the more she encouraged him, the faster he reacted.
By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest kids in the class! Debbie was super proud of Teddy. But then, a year later, something happened. Something that would change Debbie’s life forever.
It was a warm summer day when Debbie finally finished her job. She went home to relax the weekend catching up on her TV shows.
But when she turned into her driveway, she saw something that made her uneasy. She got out of her car and went to the front door. Right there and then something was on her front doormat. What was it?
Something on her doormat
Debbie stepped closer to the doormat and leaned forward to take a closer look. It was a note stuck on the doormat.
Suddenly a terrible feeling hit the pit of her stomach. She looked around, but her neighbor was silent. She sighs before picking up the note and reading it. And what it read left Debbie speechless.
A happy ending
The note was from Teddy and told her that she was the best teacher he had ever had in his entire life. Debbie smiled to herself and that awful feeling in her stomach turned into the feeling of butterflies.
She was glad that Teddy was finally happy. That’s all teachers want their students to do, isn’t it?