A couple of weeks ago I stopped in the hallway to greet Frau Deisenberger and a group of her elementary students that were heading upstairs for German class. After a brief conversation, and I turned around and WAM! I was tackle hugged! One of their elementary kids simply grabbed me for a big, happy hug! It was wonderful! Now, granted, if I hadn’t been standing by the wall, I probably would have fallen right over. It was quite funny, actually, because I wasn’t expecting it.
Aren’t happy surprises one of life’s great pleasures? Just about every day, I run into a student or group of students that is simply enjoying being here and with each other. This is one the many things that I love about ICSV. Our students are just awesome! So many times I am encouraged by their smiles and laughter. They are respectful and polite. You are raising a wonderful group of kids. As a staff, it is our focus to want to share God’s love with our students. Last week, a parent came and shared with us during our Staff Devotions time. He encouraged us by saying that even when his kids don’t always want to do the work given to them, they have always felt the love that the staff has for them. Our high school principal shared Titus 2:7-8 with his teachers last week. It says, “In everything set them an example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned, so that those who oppose you may be ashamed because they have nothing bad to say about us.” This is a wonderful reminder that we are here as role models of godly character. We acknowledge that we are fallible human beings, but we truly do want to interact with our students and families with integrity.
That one tackle hug just made my day. Why don’t you try a tackle hug on someone that you know? My guess is that you will be rewarded with a big smile and a heart of appreciation. Have a wonderful weekend!
Because of His Faithfulness,
Sharon C. Brobst, Ed.D.