There are times in teaching when the emotional moments are overwhelming. Mercifully, some of those are for positive reasons. Last night was one of them, wiping out some of the less pleasant ones of the recent past.
One of my top MA students, Eva Miszoglad, who I also advised for her thesis, set up a coffee date with me. As she approached our rendezvous spot, she was laden with a bag hanging from one arm while carrying a large baking sheet with both hands. She had mentioned that she needed a day’s advance notice before meeting as her distinctive surprise needed to be completed, but was time sensitive.
As the Pillsbury Doughboy said “Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Something From the Oven!” This was especially true in this case. Eva made this with special flour for diabetics; it contains no sugar. As much as I wanted to dive in right then and there, I used control to bring it home to show Ron and our guests.
In addition to the brownies, she gave me three books that she found on a Wish List I had set up for visitors. Now I have Sally Vickers Mr. Golightly’s Holiday, Donna Leon’s Doctored Evidence, and A Year Without “Made in China”: One Family’s True Life Adventure in the Global Economy by Sara Bongiorni. All three have been on my Wish List for ages, so I am so excited to have them now. Sally Vicker’s Miss Garnet’s Angel spurred us on to visit Venice the 2nd time to follow the trail in her novel. Donna Leon’s mysteries all take place there too. I have forgotten 10 other of her books. The China book had aroused my curiosity when I first heard about it. This was an exceptional surprise to add to all the other fabulous surprises students have given me over the years. I call all of these gifts, my trophies.
If you were wondering all that is left is T-H-A-N, but maybe not after dinner tonight.