Had a Facebook message from a former pupil recently. It was really positive and said I was the reason they had become a language teacher and thank you for their lovely career. Made me feel 10 feet tall for a while. Having been retired for a year, I had forgotten those little golden moments I used to get from being a teacher. The surprise thank you card ,or handmade present from a child , the child who made progress and their parent showed their appreciation , meeting an ex pupil , once shy and timid, now all grown up and brimming with confidence,the child who actually says that their school experiences made them into a success and thanks you for that. Fairly rare occurrences, but so precious. Not many careers /jobs probably get that sort of feedback . I know we have had to cope with a lot of crud in our time as teachers, but it is nice to think of the positives, occasionally .