Before I even made it to my classroom door on Friday, I had a bunch of fifth graders wrapped around my middle, hugging me warmly. I was very seriously informed that the substitute was very strict, but she had to be because that's her job. I am not sure who was more excited to be back at work, me or them!
Later that morning, several students shyly handed me gifts that they had either brought hoping I'd be back, or purchased that morning from our Sant Shop. One student in particular knows me well.