Finding those papers in my basement got me to thinking about kids I've taught. Some of them I see every Sunday at church, or at least I run into their parents and can find out what's going on. I saw Rachel just today--I'm still tutoring her on occasion (probably for the last time but it's been a good run after all).
But others, I was thinking, how would I ever find them anyway? Would I want to?
Well, Missouri has this handy little tool called casenet. You can search by litigant's name. This is how I kept up with the Rios trial and was able to update folks about when things were coming to a head with that.
I don't remember all the full names of the kids I taught, and some (Michael Robinson, anyone?) are so common it's not worth even looking. But some are rare enough to hunt for. And they have birth years so I can narrow it down and be pretty sure.
I was happy to not find Sophia or Darrell there. But I did find Sophia elsewhere. She's in college. Engaged. Looks happy.
And from the look of his facebook page...ah well, maybe Darrell will figure it out.
Pervis did something on a bus, a misdemeanor.
Jarvis has stolen some cars.
Justin's in jail for burglary, marijuana, theft--the page went on and on.
Other names I didn't even bother with.
Never found John, on casenet or anywhere else. I'll check for him again in 3 or 4 years.
Now I have to sleep.