Every time you get a new student, you hope they catch the spirit of Aikido, hope they become a regular, hope that one day you will be there to see them test.
We had a first time student tonight. At one exercise I was paired with him for katate-tori nikyo. I applied the technique and the new student went down to a knee, then popped up shaking his wrist with a big smile and said, "That was awesome! Show me what you did!"
I had to smile, too. It was a great moment. I hope I'm there to see him test for shodan.