Over the weekend, we attended a birthday party for an old friend. On the third of May, Bessie Hart celebrated her 95th birthday.
Mrs. Hart was a third grade teacher in our school system for many years. I asked her if she had ever calculated the number of third graders that passed through her classroom doors over the years. "No!" she said. "Don't," I said. And why not? For the effort she expended and the wisdom and knowledge she passed on to her charges were accomplishments far beyond statistics. And I can assure you that her students were never just numbers to her.
Happy birthday, Old Friend. And we do wish you many more.