Today I am thankful for forgiveness. In all forms forgiveness is wonderful. Most importantly the forgiveness that I am given for my sins. But today's story is about forgiveness from a child. Yep, you heard it right, forgiveness from a child. This afternoon as my students were packing up, many of them began to crowd around me to ask me questions about some of the papers I had just handed out. One student had just finished arguing with me about a grade that another teacher had given her, while I tried to justify the grade. At that moment one of the sweetest students came up to ask me a question and I snapped at her. In 2 years of teaching this child, I have never had to get onto her, so it came as quite a shock to her. I immediately felt guilty as she quietly walked back to her seat. After dealing with some other students and getting them settled, I looked over to her. She immediately busted out crying when we made eye contact. Hello horrible feeling in the pit of my stomach. I went over to her and explained why I had snapped at her, appologized for my actions, and hugged her neck. I seriously felt disgusted with myself. She was so sweet, and through tears she said she forgave me. Of course, the guilt I had didn't immediately subside. I still felt bad. But hearing her say that she forgave me let me know that in the end we'd be ok. Thank goodness for forgiveness. We'd all be in a bad place without it!