When I was in high school, I was involved in theatre. Sometimes I worked stage crew, but I also enjoyed being on stage. I never got very big roles, though; I rarely got cast in a play (excepting the one role of Bridget in M*A*S*H), and in musicals I was almost always put in the chorus. I liked the chorus, but I really wanted a bigger role sometimes.
One day, I went to talk to the teacher who directed a lot of the musicals I was in, and I asked her what it was that prevented me from getting these larger roles.
She replied, “You’re just not loveable enough.”
Over twenty years later, I still remember those words.
As a teacher, I try to keep this moment of my adolescence in mind. May I remember how the words I speak to a student can stick with him for decades. May I never say something that makes a student feel bad about herself. May I always speak truth with kindness.
May all of my students feel — at least in my classroom — that they are loveable.