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The 24 minute alarm had just sounded. Lunch time was over. The other math teachers packed up their stuff and got ready to head to their classrooms.

The door to the workroom opened, and all of the sudden, there was a smiling face looking straight at me. It took me a while to get my bearings. It was my certification supervisor beaming at me.

“I stopped by your room to say hi,” she said. “You weren’t there, but I thought that you might be in here having lunch.”

I got up to talk. To thank her for coming. She really has been going out of her way to send us words of encouragement. She knows what this is like.

“How are you doing?” she asked.

“I’m fine,” I said. “The kids are good kids. I have nothing to complain about.”

She looked up at me.

“You look tired,” she said.

I didn’t feel tired at that moment, but it grew during the day. She could evidently see it then, and I know it shows now — the crossed eyes are a dead give-away.