I finished up the last session of my Young Adult Fiction class yesterday. It was bittersweet–I’m really proud of my students, but I am sad that the semester is done and I’m not going to see them again. I finished up the class by telling them how proud I am of their hard work and accomplishments, and thanked them for their patience with me and this brand new class.
In response, they kissed their fingers and gave me the three-finger salute from The Hunger Games (which we read this semester).
Of course, I began crying immediately.
In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins says of the salute:
“It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.”
To my students: thank you. I admire you all deeply, and love you to pieces.
(More exciting news: I had to really work and publicize to make minimum enrollment with this past semester’s class, but next semester’s is already full.)