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Chapter 15: Loss . . . and Celebration
Loss . . . and Celebration
Joan’s promise reverberated on the drive home from the hospital. Arriving to an empty apartment, she had an impulse to call Larry, just to have someone to talk to. But she resisted, remembering how rarely Larry had understood her dedication to teaching. Instead, she picked up Tracy Kidder’s Among Schoolchildren (1989) from a nearby shelf and started to read the final chapter again. As she drifted off, sentences from the last chapter kept replaying in her mind. One seemed particularly poignant because it reminded her of Margaret’s unique impact on students.
On the last day, Chris handed out report cards. It was a very solemn moment, mostly because the report cards named each child’s teacher for the next year. Several would have ...