Today was a good day for me, but for a really terrible reason. One of my theatre student's father committed suicide over the weekend, and because I always stress to the theatre students how we are a family, I felt it was important that I attend the viewing this evening, and the funeral tomorrow afternoon. A few of other students attended as well, but they are also friends of the student, as well as his older sister, who was also in my program. First of all, the kids were so amazed to see me there--they actually smiled, which I'm sure was very rare today. And their mother was so genuinely touched that I was there. I had really only met the father once, and she is not one of the super involved parents--so although I know her, it's not a close relationship. She was so surprised that a teacher from her kids' school would take the time out of their schedule to attend the service- I felt really good about myself, even in the midst of the tragedy--I felt terrible for the kids and i wanted to show my support. I now know there is one family that really knows I care about their kids, not just my job.