Sometimes during my class, one of my students stops working and talks for a while about her life, and her life is awful. Her husband is a jerk and treats her like a maid, among other issues. So on the drive home I feel like the world is not so great. But then when I get home and pull into the back, there’s this little deer that just hangs around a lot now and doesn’t even bolt when it sees the car and I think “do you want to be our new dog?” This does not help my student but gives me some perspective on the world.

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