On Tuesdays and Thursdays after school I have practice, a chance for students to work with me and other staff on their school work. We used to call it Homework Club but the students and I changed the name to practice. Now when their friends ask them what they're doing after school, they just tell them, "I'm going to practice with Mr. Posick." I love my time with the kids during the school day and extending my day with them is even better.
Last night, I was working with a student on his math and he reached up and grabbed my goatee. I looked at him quizzically and asked him, "Why did you touch my goatee?" He quickly responded with, "I don't have a dad and I've never felt a beard before." It made me pause and think about the small things we sometimes take for granted or don't realize.
I shared this story with my wife later that night and, not surprisingly to those who know me, I teared up and became a bit emotional. I share this story with you as we approach Thanksgiving so that maybe you won't take for granted those things that are always there for you, whether they be family or friends or pets or your health.
What's a small moment you can share? I'd love to hear from you.