“Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher.” Bella is now knitting baby clothes, and Dickens comments on how well she is adapting to sewing and knitting small things. Her love for her husband and the baby in her womb is the most wonderful teacher.
If you will permit me to take this line out of context, I think this would make a good motto for everyone who teaches. When people–especially children–feel loved and cared about, they can more easily reciprocate with a kind of love for their teacher which will help them learn. I certainly have learned most from teachers whom I felt cared about me and whom, consequently, I actually respected or even loved.
However, those who love whom they teach must be grounded in something (Someone) that can sustain the repeated treading on their hearts. To love is to open one’s heart, and an open heart is a vulnerable heart. When we love broadly we are often hurt by those who are hurt, or are careless, or are clueless. To love our students we have ourselves to be loved, to know we are loved. When my heart is safe in the Heart of God, I can learn to open my heart. I can learn to share in the treaded heart of God, the sufferings of Christ, the death of Christ, and then the Resurrection of Christ. With the bigness of God’s heart in my heart, I can love. When I love those I teach–even if they seem to reject or ignore my love–love grows in them, love teaches them. And “Love is in all things a most wonderful teacher.”