to tell her sister that the police had just arrived at school to talk to her. She claimed she had no idea why. I asked her sister, a student in my room, why her sister had an ankle bracelet. She proceeded to tell me the story and then she and I started to talk about her life, her interests, etc. She asked about me.
And then she asked, “What do you like better, teaching or running your own business?”
I thought for a millisecond and responded, “I like them both equally.” When you teach and really bond with a student, that is the pinnacle of the profession. Owning my own small business was not that important at that moment. That’s why I didn’t give up teaching completely.