Leaving a Positive and Indelible Mark
As we get older, it’s interesting what we recall from our youth and the impact it had upon us – even if we didn’t know it at the time. For me, I was blessed with having several teachers who supported me and influenced me a great deal.
There was Ms. Blair, my 3rd grade teacher. She had a habit of confiscating the Matchbox
and Hot Wheel
cars I brought to class. It wouldn’t be until 9th grade when I had Mr. Blair for history class that I discovered she had kept them all those years and he gave them back to me. That made me hold her, and him, is a much different light and taught me that it’s never too late.
There was Ms. Deluca in 4th grade who let me and a friend commandeer a corner of the class for self-study. I wanted to be a “scientist” and brought in all manner of books and my friend wanted to be a “herpetologist” and study reptiles. The space program was in full stride and I wrote to NASA
several times. Each time, they would respond with a package of pictures, pamphlets and patches from the missions that were pending.
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Nobody likes to fail. Failing causes us embarrassment. Failing bruises our ego. Failing might be a dark spot on our performance assessments. All we have to do is reflect on our childhood for when we failed and how poorly we felt. Even if our parents did give us encouragement, we still felt bad about failing. Let’s face it – failing sucks.