Shock…denial…and then complete numbness. That’s how I felt when I found out that one of my teachers at school had passed away last October. I felt shock because she had taught me the day before, on Friday, and she seemed fine. I couldn’t come to terms with the fact that she was teaching me one day and gone the next. How was it possible, I asked myself, for someone to cease to exist so suddenly and unexpectedly? Who would’ve thought? Then I felt denial because I kept thinking: My teacher? Dead? No! Then I was at the point where I had neither accepted nor denied the fact that she was dead. That’s where the numbness came in. As my teacher, she was a part of my everyday life. Not once did I stop to think: ‘I wonder how Miss is doing today?’ And that brings me to an important lesson: Appreciation.