Out of my eight years of teaching, this is my favorite photograph of my (former) students. While I’m fully aware of which students are standing before George Seurat’s Grande Jatte (a print of the famous pointillism painting and two other modern takes used to hang in my classroom as lessons in Greek and Latin roots–Word NERD much?), I like to imagine any one of the hundreds I’ve taught over the years standing before it and “getting” its power and worth.

These are some of my favorite students seeing my favorite painting in person for the first time on a field trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. There are so few times in life when you actually capture a “memory moment” as it’s happening. This is one of mine.