It has been 2 years since a pupil I taught graduated.
Recently, I whatsapp her mum to wish her happy birthday.
I am really happy that something that I scrabble in a rush is kept for so long (2 years). I shall remind myself that that should not be something I expect, as everyone is different, some are more appreciative, some are more transactional, but nonetheless, to try to do my best for everyone, regardless of returns, and hopefully, I impact more the positive ways than negative.
I shall remind myself that, building that relationship and trust, is perhaps the one thing that is toughest, most distracting and yet indispensable.