Back in mid-December Emily sent a submission to "In the Classroom." Her now-essay was originally in bullet points and it needed some development. But her voice! It was adorable. I wrote her back and told her if she was willing to do some edits, I would love to include it. Her response was exuberant. A month later, several edits and 20 emails later, she's published and she's a paid writer. You can't imagine how excited she was!
What Emily doesn't know yet, was that her joy sustained me through a couple of sad days. Really, when I started thinking of myself, her optimism and her up-beat emails, sucked the sorrow right out of my thoughts and replaced them with a smile on my face.