I read a lot of inane student emails, and a fair number of posts from profs talking about their students' emails. But today, today I got a student email that basically said,
Dear Professor Bardiac,
I'm back from [name of war zone] and I'm coming back to finish my degree. [other stuff.]
I hate the whole damned war, every aspect of it, but I'm teary-eyed with happiness that my student has come back alive and is coming back to school. I think it's probably the happiest email I've ever gotten, certainly in a LONG time.
And the Weekend Roundup you've been waiting for:
1 stack - reading responses
1 stack - reading responses (a different class)
1 partial stack - short close reading assignments
1 partial stack - revisions
1 stack - working bibliographies and annotations
1 partial stack - essays (Handed in Monday, I've done 2/3rds already!)
It's going to be a busy weekend, but the huge committee task is done, pretty much, with some mopping up after Thanksgiving.
The other big task for this weekend is to get my house ready for a Thanksgiving crowd. Eep!