Friday Two Cents: Just Think And Live In The Moment


This past week I have been in my first week of a two-week practicum block and it has been amazing. I am with younger primary students and their thirst for knowledge has been great but what is amazing is that in the end they are just little people who just think and live in the moment. One such incident occurred at the beginning of the week that it just made the rest of the week that much better.

The week started like any other with me going to the school and getting ready for the day full of lessons and exploring new experiences. I had not seen the students in two-week because of classes and educational workshops so I was eager to be in the class with them again. The bell rang and they began coming in. When they came in they saw me and said good morning but they all did a double take when they saw me. One student said, “Mr. Gauchi what’s on your face.” Another, “Mr. Gauchi you have a moustache!” They all said something along those lines.  

You see last week it was Ash Wednesday and for Catholics we usually give up something for Lent. Usually it is something that has to do with a sin such as greed or gluttony so people give up sweets or some food that they like until Easter. I decided to give up shaving.   I didn’t completely give up shaving I decided to grow a Van Dyke, a mustache and beard on the chin that are not connected. For me I shave everyday to look smart, clean and professional, which has a bit to do with vanity.

We are in a Catholic school so the students understand what the Lenten season is about, so I explained to the students that for Lent I gave up shaving. They all looked at me and said, “No. You have to give up a food.” I said that some people do other things like try to be nicer to people or give up complaining about the weather.   Yet even though I explained it to them the best was when they said, “Mr. Gauchi, shave it off. You look different. You look better without it.” The funniest part is when they started saying that I looked like Mario and Luigi from Super Mario Brothers, others said Tony Stark from Avengers. These little people are so amazing that something as simple as growing a Van Dyke can elicit such a response for them.

Hugging the teacher – living in the moment.

The comments continued all week and I have to see how long it will take for them to get use to the Van Dyke. All I know is that the students are so genuine with their statements that I cannot help but be humbled by them. They are just little primary students yet their innocent and honest statements just remind me why I love working with children. Where else can you go into work and have 20 people be honest and just tell you what’s on their mind. It is so refreshing to be with people who just think and live in the moment.  


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