I’m incredibly sick today with a cold that I have not, despite some pretty valiant efforts on my part, been able to shake. I think it’s gotten worse. At any rate, with no voice, an unbelievable sore throat, and a fever, I somehow got myself to work and attempted a pretty hefty lecture on the Concert of Europe, the “Metternich system,” and post-Napoleonic European continental diplomacy. Remember, I have NO voice. I pantomimed, performed, and wrote and drew on the board (my handwriting is abysmal), and somehow got us through the majority of the information. Then about 5 minutes before the scheduled end of class, I realized I could go no further and said as much to my class as I unceremoniously collapsed into my chair. They applauded! I could hardly believe it, although I did take a bow. They made me feel so happy to have come in today and attempt what was probably the worst lecture in my 10 years of teaching. Their appreciation turned a pretty miserable morning into a perfectly wonderful one.
But that’s not all, as the students packed up their books and headed out the door, one of my students, Amy, reached into her lunch bag and handed me a bag of fresh star fruit, saying that it would help my throat. What a kind gesture.
It’s amazing what a little kindness can do. And she was right, my throat does feel better.