hen I was in college, it was stressful enough with studying, working two jobs, and commuting every day. I can't even imagine how much more difficult it is when you add having children into the picture. The rising costs of childcare — and the fact that it's so hard to find a reliable sitter — add to that stress as well.
Just ask 21-year-old Morgan King, who is the single mom to this three-month-old baby girl named Korbyn.
King studies Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Tennessee and works nights at a restaurant to support her family when she’s not in school.
Recently, King had to miss an important day of class that included an assignment and a quiz because she no longer had childcare that day. She emailed her professor to tell her she would be missing class and instead of being upset, the professor wrote back a heartwarming and helpful letter.
Her professor — Dr. Sally Hunter — not only gave King instructions for the work she missed, but she also invited King's daughter to come to class with her anytime.
“In the future, if you are having trouble finding someone to watch Korbyn, please feel free to just BRING HER with you to class,” Hunter wrote. “I would be absolutely delighted to hold her while I teach so that you can still pay attention to the class and take notes. I work for the Department of CHILD and FAMILY Studies — so how terrible would it be if I were unwilling to have a child visit our class?”
As if that wasn’t great enough, she added, “Let me know if there are any other ways I could be supporting you.”
King tweeted out the response and it quickly went viral, as noted by her professor.
“I literally started crying because it’s just so rare, especially teachers in general nowadays,” King said. “They care to help the students and their obligations outside of the classroom. The fact that somebody was just willing to work with me and to excuse me from the quiz I missed and how to get caught up on that assignment, it just showed that she cared more about, not that I missed class that day. She really just wants me to succeed in that class.”
Twitter was also touched by the teacher's response.
“What a beautiful show of humanity. Made my night. If only we could always be this kind & compassionate to one another. ❤Best wishes to you!” tweeted another.
And proof that she meant what she said:
“Childcare falls through sometimes, and it does for me as well, and I bring my kids to work,” Dr. Hunter said. “We all need people around us, people supporting us. Nobody can do this journey by themselves.”