There was at least one smartass student, male or female, in every class, itching to challenge my analysis of a poem, a story, or my explanation of a punctuation rule. Each and every smartass student inspired me to have my analyses and explanations complete and thorough. Amazingly, some of the smartasses became students who returned to take more classes from me. Some still stay in touch with me after graduation. They write or email notes. They ask for recommendations. I like to remind them of the classroom challenges. Some pretend they don't remember. We laugh. But they inspired me to go the extra mile or two. They don't know that, so don't tell them. Shhhh.