Eager Elisa quickly declined the 7:30 a.m. appointment time, but then asked when I would have the final exams graded. I responded, "I'll grade half of them during the next final exam and the other half tomorrow." She asked if I would be willing to grade hers and let her know her grade as soon as I could. In a hurry to leave, I nodded.
Because I had acquiesced to her request, even though I knew it was a bad idea and that I'd awaken to find an email about how she's not a C student and is there anything she can do to improve her grade, I emailed her the grade: 72%.
Her response to me:
"Dear Dr. Cynic, thank you for being so kind to email me so I know how I did. I was so sure I'd failed and am so grateful that I didn't fail because I didn't blow it off like I did with the midterm. I know it was presumptuous of me to ask that you grade my exam soon and let me know the grade, but I was so worried that I'd failed since I got a D- on the midterm. Please know that your email was the best Christmas gift I could ask for. I would still like to meet with you, but will stop by during office hours next year to thank you in person for your kindness. Sincerely, Eager Elisa."
And that, dear folks, is my miracle of the year. The fact that this happens so rarely now that I was astounded shows how far our students have fallen. But for today, just today, I'm basking in this miracle.