An email from a student I taught in 1988 (28 years ago). Note, name altered for privacy.
“Hi, I’m looking for a teacher that I had in fourth form in Palmerston North. Wondering if this is you? You inspired me and I became a missionary in my twenties and then I became a kindergarten teacher. My name was TM. If this is you… Thankyou. We don’t always know when someone has impacted you’re life in little ways. You made a difference in mine by caring.”
I am reminded again, that relationships never end, and are always mattering”