I teach middle school history - the most maligned of subject/age combinations and I love it. It was my birthday today - a fact which I did not once announce. Roughly 100 kids said happy birthday to me, many of whom I didn't even know. 2.5 classes sang to me. (one kind of gave up half way through...) 2 classes secretly made me cards during class. 2 of my AVID kids came in at lunch just to hang out and play board games. and then to top it all off I was visited by one of my former AVID kids who is now a Junior in college (hasn't been my student for 7 years). She brought me a cupcake and told me she was thinking about changing her major to history because Biochem is too much and she's always had a love of the subject since she had my class in 7th grade. This kind of stuff makes all the other nonsense just seem so insignificant. As long as they keep paying me enough to keep the lights on at home I'll continue to be a very blessed man as long as I get to do this job.