Friday, March 19, 2021

Slice of Life Challenge #21 Day 19: Last Minute Request

 For the month of March, each day I am writing and posting a slice of my life, hosted by Two Writing Teachers. 

Slice of Life Challenge #21 Day 19:

Last Minute Request 

"Would you be willing to write me a recommendation letter? It's for a scholarship." Her email inquires. 

"Of course! What would you like me to highlight? When is it due?" I respond.

"It's due tomorrow. I am really sorry. I didn't realize this until today."

"I'll do my best," I reply, wondering how I will find the time to write a letter today. 

She's a hard-working, bright student I adore. She's had more challenges before turning eighteen than most people should have in a lifetime. She needs this scholarship to attend post-secondary school. She needs all the help she can get. I needed to figure out how to write it in time for her. It was a request I could not turn down.

In between Parent Teacher Conference Google Meets last night, I pounded out her recommendation letter.  

Recommendation/

letter request. I accept./

"It's due tomorrow." 

7 comments:

  1. It is amazing that you were so willing and able to do this for your student. It will certainly be something that she will never forget! She is lucky to have you!

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  2. It’s nearly impossible to say “no” to these last minute requests. I’ve written so many letters and still get requests for them. One year I wrote around 50 letters. I know others write more. Your haiku is perfect. I hope the student receives the scholarship.

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  3. I am not sure I'd be as forgiving with such a limited time frame to write the letter. How wonderful that you are able to see the real need and to get it done. Lucky student!

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  4. This has happened to my husband and to me before - last minute request but we always drop everything to do it. Here's hoping that scholarship is received! Haiku captures it all so succinctly!

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  5. Wow, this speaks volumes about you and your relationships with students. This kind of request is only possible when a student feels known and respected. The haiku underscores both the urgency and the compassion.

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  6. You are great! Fingers crossed the student receives the scholarship.

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  7. I can't say no to those last-minute requests either--especially since I was the student making the last minute request because I didn't realize the due date was tomorrow!!

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