In another class, a two-year-old student approached me with a Ziploc bag with objects in it, including a marble, a bracelet, a nickel, a paperclip, and a Beauty and the Beast Band-Aid. She told me they were her treasures. “Miss Lindsey, these are my treasures and I want you to have them. They are for you.”
“Oh, but Margaret, if they are your treasures you should keep them.”
“No. They are for you.”
I took the treasures and put them by the stereo. At the end of class I went up to Margaret’s mom and told her about the incident and extended my hand to return to her the Ziploc bag. But to my surprise (and delight) she said, "They are for you. I couldn’t take them back. Margaret wants you to have them.”
Dance instructors often have a profound impact on their students, and they a profound impact on us.