I opened my work email this morning, to a wonderful message from the parent of my student worker.
The student worker is very, very much like me. She's emotional, and can get overwhelmed. She's also a very old soul. It's a joy to have her working in the office.
Well, yesterday was a rough day. I sent her on some errands that required walking around campus. it was sunny, and she thought it might help her mood. But when she got back, I could tell that she wasn't doing well. She started to cry, and apologized for it. I gave her a hug, and told her to never apologize for that. I cry when Ellen DeGeneres gives away money!
I sent her to get some ice cream. Or chocolate...
Well, her mother emailed me. To thank me for understanding and caring about her daughter.
In the chaos that is my job... that was such a nice thing.