The unexpected gift

He's possibly the naughtiest student in school and he's in my form.

He often shouts in my face. I've sat with him countless times when he's been withdrawn from lessons. On one occasion, I had to persuade him to come down off a roof.

On the final day of term, he walks into my office without a word. He hands me a present and I'm speechless. He smiles and walks out.

We measure our working lives in achievements but, years down the line, I wonder if it won't be moments like these that define our careers.