Friday, August 2, 2013
Sometimes We Have to Be Cruel to Be Kind : Day 2
Day 2: The most important lesson you learned from a teacher
I learned so many things from my teachers but some stand out among the rest. Today, I am going to tell you about one of them.
When I was in fourth year college, we went on a religious retreat (we did this every year, actually). That year the retreat was held in Benguet....a town on the mountains, around 8 hours away from school. We had to leave early. Assembly time was at 6 am. Departure time was at 6:30. I've always been a punctual student, so I was so annoyed with my classmates who were still not around at 6:30.
We waited for them for 30 minutes more...much to my dismay. At 7:00, Sr. Viane, our teacher, decided we had waited long enough and that it was time for us to leave.
The bus exited the school gate. We hadn't been travelling for two minutes when one of my classmates suddenly said, "Sr. si Emily!" which is "Sr. it's Emily!" (not her real name) while pointing at a car traveling in the opposite direction.
Emily's friends wanted us to turn around and go back for her. I was secretly hoping we wouldn't. (Yes, that, I guess was my bad side.) I was excited and couldn't wait to get out of the city and see Benguet for the first time in my life. Why waste time going back?!
When we were right in front of Magnolia House, Sr. spoke in her gentle but firm voice, "We had waited for 30 minutes for her. That is enough. . In the real world nobody will wait for her. She has to learn her lesson. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind."
Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. That stuck to me. As a parent, as a teacher, there are really times when we have to be "cruel" in a way. It's hard, I know, it breaks my heart. But we all have to do it once in a while so that the little ones we love will learn the lessons they need to learn.
What about you? What was the most important lesson you learned from a teacher?