Yesterday, I had my first session as a volunteer tutor of English as a Second Language. I’m functioning in a substitute role, so had no advance notice of the level of the student or how to effectively cover our lesson. As I was fretting about what I was going to teach, one of the other volunteers said to me: “Just love ’em.”
I commented that it sounded like a good philosophy for many things and she shared a story of a man who was continually irritated by the dandelions in his yard. His neighbor shared the same sentiment: “Learn to just love ’em.”
Whether ESL students or dandelions — or most things in between — it’s a good mantra to follow. A little grace goes a long way.