A Box of Bath Powder

A shyly offered gift

Deborah Barchi
ILLUMINATION-Curated
3 min readFeb 13, 2024

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Photo by 🇸🇮 Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

Something happened when I was a very callow student teacher many years ago. I was, to say the least, inexperienced and not particularly effective as a teacher.

Yet, I did connect a few times with my young students in ways that I still recall with gratitude and tenderness. One such incident involved a gift a student gave me just before the Christmas break.

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Deborah Barchi
ILLUMINATION-Curated

Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays.