We're always being told at The School, that good teaching is about building relationships with kids. That's one thing I can't argue about (and oh, I can argue about a lot of stuff lately.)
Some of the best relationships I have with kids have spilled over into their young adult-hood. The Daughter We Never Had (TDWNH) is a case in point. She has never lost touch with me, we hired her as a house and pet-sitter, she also cleans my house (I feel I'm helping pay for nursing school that way), she texts or calls me almost daily and generally Mr. Bluebird and I love her as if she were our own.
I'm not sure The Powers That Be consider "building relationships with students" to include going out to the local firing range and firing pistols and shotguns with one of your former students.
Oh but gosh, we had a blast! And she was tickled, as she put it, "To finally get the two of you out of the house for some fun!"
I love that girl.