This is an extremely important conversation that I think all educators should be having.

Let me clarify my use of the word “sacred” back in Dean’s post. When I used sacred, in my mind, I was referring to more of a power than perhaps an emotion. I think that all to often love (emotion) can be confused for pleasure, gratification, things that are often momentary or temporary or perhaps trivial. In my life, the things that I love empower me. That can range from the love I have for my wife and children to the love that I have for food and certain recreation.

I was fortunate to grow up in a house, even with a “traditional” setting–dad works & mom cooks, cleans, and raises the kids–I heard the word love used regularly. Both my parents would tell us how much they loved us at least once a day. It never became worn out or insincere. I still end phone conversations with my brother and sisters with, “Love you bro.” or “Love ya sis.” And I mean it every time. (My wife still thinks it’s weird.)

On occasions I have felt the need to share a very similar love with my students. I let them know how much I care for and love them. I do use the word empower with them as well because each of them make me want to be better at what I do–not for my own gain, but for their growth and learning.

I made the comment earlier that I love food. I truly do. It is empowering to me. I enjoy the experience of cooking or the atmosphere of dining out. The social aspect of food plays a big part in that for me too. May seem weird, but I love food.

But like you said, Bud, we need to share more of that love and not feel so ashamed or embarrassed or even silly for doing so. I love what I do and I hope people see that in my attitude towards my students and my work. I love each of my students. I can’t help but smile when I walk into the room each morning and they’re waiting for me. Me. I’m not that cool of a guy, you know me somewhat. But I know those students, to some degree, share in that power.