Today, every half-hour or so, Chez would look up from whatever he was doing, see me across the room, and his face would suddenly light with joy. He’d dash to me, declare jubilantly in his high squeaky voice, I love you!, then hug and/or kiss me, before bounding away as quickly as he’d arrived.
Today, Maddie would look up from whatever she was doing, point at me and giggle while shaking her head.
Today Kevin told me I am his favorite beautiful teacher.
Today Ms. Jewls and Alyce talked about my hair as though I weren’t in the room. Luckily they said nice things.
Today, Cass studied me very seriously as she walked a full circle around me. “Some of your hair is gone-d,” she said.
“Do you like it?” I queried.
Cass thought for a moment then shrugged. “You look the same,” she said. “Just different.”