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Teacher Update: She Wrote Back Again! 
13th-Oct-2009 01:15 pm
This was the response I got a little while ago. I had asked her if she wanted to go to the premiere of Where The Wild Things Are on Friday with me, considering she's not only the one who introduced me to that book but also taught me how to read it:
Brad,

You have truly touched my heart. Seldom do teachers receive such an honor from former students. Your letter elegantly describes what I have always loved... teaching and children. Yet, you have allowed me to see my passion through a student's eyes. You have made so many wonderful memories come rushing back... the bath tub, Charlotte's Web, multiplication drills, and that huge roll of poster board.

In the 1970's, I had just begun my teaching career and knew I had made the right decision the first day I walked through the doors of South Columbus. Students like you kindled my passion for teaching for thirty-two years. Though I have now retired, the passion is still there!

I remember when your dad brought that HUGE roll of poster board to our class. He made a son proud and a teacher happy. In those days, supplies were extremely limited. Thanks to your dad, we had enough poster board to create all our class projects. I’ll never forget the size of that roll of poster board and my excitement when your dad brought it into our classroom.

I laughed when I read your comments about the bathtub. I must admit that I had as much fun with that bathtub as you did. I’m surprised I didn’t have “my day” in the bathtub. I do remember getting in on several occasions. Yes, I was a kid at heart! I guess that is why I loved teaching so much!

I am delighted to know that my love for reading was instilled in you. From your Facebook page, it is quite apparent that this love has enabled you to accomplish many life dreams and goals. Your excitement is evident in your Facebook postings.

This former teacher beams when she reads your profile. At age 38, your accomplishments are numerous. What’s more important, you are happy! You know what you want and can stand on your own merit. Brad, I am proud of you! Never stop dreaming. Make those dreams accomplished goals. Stay happy, strong, loving, and determined! I wish you much success as you add a new chapter to your life. Embrace Arizona as you have Columbus, Georgia.

I would love to go see Where the Wild Things Are with you. An early Friday matinee would be perfect.

With love,
Dee
Comments 
13th-Oct-2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Stop making me cry!

This is lovely.
13th-Oct-2009 05:56 pm (UTC)
I love this!
13th-Oct-2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Wow! *is speechless*
13th-Oct-2009 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Honey, you're a very lucky person to have had such a grand teacher.
I'm glad she knows it wasn't wasted.
I hope you have a sweet afternoon together.
13th-Oct-2009 06:29 pm (UTC) - Beams With Happiness
This is just truly awesome....
13th-Oct-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
This is wonderful and a true reflection of the kind of person you are. I've loved reading these letters. Thank you so much for sharing them!
13th-Oct-2009 09:05 pm (UTC)
This is so wonderful!
13th-Oct-2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's awesome, man! She really sounds like a very special lady, and I am so glad you were able to let her know how much she affected your life, and gave her the opportunity to enjoy a reflection on some wonderful memories from her teaching days.

Thanks for sharing this, Brad.

Oh, and I hope you both enjoy the movie.
13th-Oct-2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
I so ♥ this little exchange that's been going on. While not a lot of words between you two, the emotion and appreciation is tremendous.

True story: While on the road this weekend I spied one of those "If you can read this, thank a teacher" bumperstickers. My first thought? Your post.
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14th-Oct-2009 01:05 am (UTC)
Again, I am jealous that you can go with your best teacher to a movie, when I cannot. But in a good way. Cool!
14th-Oct-2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Fantastic!!
14th-Oct-2009 04:06 am (UTC)
I bet you are swimming in the love! I'm so happy for you!
14th-Oct-2009 04:12 am (UTC)
This is incredible what you've done for this teacher and it's great that you two can reconnect. I'm sure it brings back a lot of positive memories.

I did something like this many years ago when I went back to Syracuse NY to see a favorite English teacher. She was still working and found her in school after classes. It was great just to tell her what a positive impact she had and I think it made her day to have a student come back like that.

Quite an emotional roller coaster this month, huh? :)

HUGS!
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