Last class of the day--my largest group of kids--and I had them all corralled in the "teaching" area (as opposed to being spread out all over the art studio), trying to help them understand the requirements for their next project, which involves using linear perspective. I was about half way through this intro when I heard a woman's voice say, "Oh, I guess she's busy....."
I turned and saw this tiny little woman....and then saw a very tall, gray-bearded gentleman. I recognized them immediately, but it took a full second for it to register, as it's not every day that a former college art professor shows up in your classroom, unannounced!!
I screamed, "Oh my gosh!!" and went over to hug them. I hadn't seen these folks in 15-20 YEARS!!!
I'd written to this professor (long retired) a few weeks ago, asking for info about a project that I did as a senior in his class. It's something I'd like to try with my advanced students, and I'd written to ask if he remembered how to do it.
So instead of just writing back, they'd driven down from the college town where they still live (a little over an hour away) and came by to visit--and to bring me a gift of an absolutely awesome book on sculpture techniques, processes and materials. I was so blown out of the water by this and just delighted that I had an opportunity to show him that the confidence and the skills that he'd encouraged in ME were now being passed along to a whole 'nother generation of students.