I think it's a pretty fair assumption that I will be the only student in my Presbyterian seminary next year who just spent six years in an Orthodox Jewish environment.
Among my favorite good-byes this past week:
The booklet my honors students made me, full of pictures of them and me, along with loving and quite humorous commentary.
The speech from the young lady whose academic status often leaves a bit to be desired: "You instilled such a sense of confidence in me; I know that I can succeed!"
"If you need help with your Hebrew, we're right here!"
"Have the BEST time being a minister!"
"When you get stressed out, just remember that you have an entire family behind you here at our school."
Really. I do.