One of the great things about being an educator is the diversity of study. One day I might be discussing and describing the internal workings of the first telescope and on another day I might help students to identify native trees. No two days are ever the same.
Recently, I helped a student disassemble a 5 HP engine. We took it apart, piece by piece. That was fun and easy. The real challenge was putting it back together again. That took time. Time was the best part. We worked together, made mistakes, and found "extra" parts. We were also building a rapport with each other- we were building our relationship.
Today is the day. Today we will give the engine a little drink of gasoline and pull the starter cord. I will let you know how it goes. If it starts we will be happy and probably a bit surprised. If not, we have a new opportunity to get our hands dirty, spend more time together, and add more laughter and learning to our relationship.