My seniors finally figured out that I have tattoos (they’re not that well hidden)… it’s nice to know my faith in their observation skills are not misplaced. I really hope I never choke or have a seizure in their presence. I’ll probably just get yelled at for not hearing their demand for bathroom passes.

When one young lady found out that I planned to add to the ink until it becomes a sleeve, she gave me a solemn warning:

Student: You know it’s permanent, right?

Me: Yep.

Student: You know you’ll have it when you’re old, right?

Me: Mmm hmm.

Student: I mean, when you’re really old [she gestured to her arm and mimicked saggy skin] it will still be there.

Me: I know. I’ve thought this through, kiddo.

Student (relieved): I plan to get one as soon as I graduate (and then she described this elaborate design idea for her shoulder and back)


Danny Trejo: Sober 46 Years and Giving Back | AARP

A friend of mine shared this on Facebook today and I struck by the transparency and sincerity in this short video clip. I was marginally familiar with Mr. Trejo’s past, but had no idea that he has been so committed to helping others recover. With statements like, “Everything good that has happened to me has happened as a direct result of helping someone else…” and “Education is the key to anything you want to do,” one cannot help but be inspired! And if you’re like me – a little saddened by your students’ involvement in the violence of drugs, alcohol, and gangs – you will be uplifted (right as school is beginning to start: the perfect time for inspiration)!