Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A Voice From the Past
About three weeks ago I got a surprise phone call from a former student. We're talking way back - Karen was in my class in 1970.
I had married Tom in the spring of 1969, where we both taught in the same school. That next school year, fall of 1969, I was required to transfer to another school. Married couples were not allowed to teach in the same school. I transferred from Mt. View to Sunny Terrace.
My first year there was kind of tough, with a large class and neighborhood disputes carrying over into the classroom. But my second and third year were much better, and that's when Karen Whelan was in my class.
Karen had found a contact number somehow and called me out of the blue. I remembered her fairly well and even more so when I checked back to my career album of old class photos. In her 50's, she is a lawyer with the Assistant Attorney General's Office in Las Vegas. We exchanged blog addresses and linked up on Facebook. Through these connections I have heard from a few more students for that class.
I went back and read posts on Karen's blog that told the story of her trek to Base Camp of Mt Everest two years ago. She is now training for Machu Picchu. She is a remarkable woman.
Wednesday I settled down to catch up on my blog reading and I found a new posting from Karen. What it said blew me away. Entitled "Adventure In Learning", it tells of her love of reading and the part I play in developing that love. I encourage you to follow the link and read her post, especially if you are one of the many retired or active teachers on my blog roll.
You never know the impact you might have on others as you go through life. If you are lucky, you might get a blast from the past that lets you know of one such impact, and warms your heart.
(This is my second posting for today, because this just happened. Be sure to scroll down and see the beautiful Iris Festival in the previous post)