She Needed, She Gave
By Laurie Harris 5/02
She is one of those students that makes you smile. You know, the kind of person that gives affection so easily. She is an average student who has the same ups and down as any fourth grader but, most of the time, she is upbeat and pleasant. It isn’t uncommon for her to give hugs and to give them often; therefore, I wasn’t surprised one day when, out of the blue, she gave me one like she had done so many times before. She simply rose from her desk, came over to me, reached out and hugged me. She said nothing at first until she released me and then, as she walked away, she stated, “I needed a hug.” I paused for a moment thinking about what she had done and pondered over her words. There was a spiritual lesson to be learned in her action. Then, another thought came to mind. She needed. So, she gave. And in her giving, we both received. At that moment I was inspired. So often as humans we need, so we wait, and in the waiting we never receive. In order to receive, we have to make our need known. Even a dog puts action to it’s needs by nudging for a head pat or tummy rub. However, she went even farther with her need; she gave instead of waiting or asking. What is even more inspiring is the fact that she has had some sadness in her life, enough sadness for a young girl that she could easily be bitter or depressed. In fact, I’m sure there have been days that she has been sad because of certain circumstances in her life. However, I know that she is loved by some very caring people and, in the midst of her sadness, she has risen above her pain. Although she may not know it, she has also helped me rise above a particularly difficult year. Often through this year she has lifted my spirits with a hug, smile, caress or some kindhearted words.
She will be a student that I will always remember. I will remember her for what she has given me but, more so, for what she has inspired me to be and do. Because….
When she needed, she gave. And in her giving, we both received.
As a teacher, I feel most rewarded when I can make a difference in students’ lives and kindle a desire to learn. I love experiencing new things and find that it inspires me to be creative and share with others. Some of my main passions are singing and photography, but I sometimes express my feelings through poetry or prose, sharing what God is doing in my life as He teaches me along the way. I feel honored and grateful when God can use my creativity for His glory because my goal is to “do all to the glory of God.” I Corinthians 10:31