It is not a by-gone teacher who includes after school sessions to inspire, guide, and direct her students to succeed. It is not a by-gone parent who appreciates all that is attempted for her child. And, it is not a by-gone student who is willing to diligently work after school once or twice a week throughout the year on difficult and far-reaching goals. At least not in the place where I call my classroom. And, to this end, this wonderful gift was unnecessarily (but happily) bestowed upon me. “Merry Christmas!” said the student when the gift bag was discovered (at the end of the school year). Merry it was ~ a bounty of beautiful hand-dyed alpaca from the local Humming Herd Farm, in Collins Center, NY. I truly don’t know what was more heart warming to me, the hand written card or the beautiful blue-green yarn.