Hello dear friends,
Today I have come home from spending time with my children and grandchildren to find this irresistible Daily Prompt! How can I let this subject go without having my say? I have seen the influence of great teachers and I have seen the destruction that bad teachers can have on children.
For myself, between the ages 14-16 years, I was very blessed to be influenced by a teacher who was a Sister of Mercy nun. She actually changed my life and my thinking forever. Some eight years ago, I had the opportunity during a High School reunion, to thank this teacher for the influence she’d had on me.
She found it hard to accept and I was shocked! However, all the others girls present, pursued the matter, calling out and saying that “yes, we too feel the same way” until finally … and with humility … she accepted the compliment. Only then did I feel satisfied.
Therefore, I want to share some thoughts about her and another teacher, who had the opposite affect on me. In the spirit of The Daily Post which asks “What makes a Teacher Great” I have written a little verse.
Two women dressed in long black robes
Nuns … who gave all to serve God and man
Teachers they were in an era long gone
One was sour and filled with bitterness
The other was happy and full of love.
One made our lives a misery
The other inspired us to be better people
And looking back fifty years or more
I understand the difference between the two
Sister Sour had no respect for 12 year old girls
While Sister Happy treated us girls with the greatest respect
Sister Sour tainted every lesson with her bitterness
False accusations and belittling
It was her speciality.
Sister Happy paved our path with inspiring stories
Sharing her past
And encouraging us with our future
Sister Sour never laughed
She cast shadows of darkness over our hearts
And preached a gospel of penance
Instead of love.
Sister Happy lightened our hearts every day
Encouraging us to think for ourselves
Loving us until we longed to do better
Just to please her …
What makes a teacher GREAT my friends?
It is the one you remember most from your past
The one you talk about often
And realise as each year goes by
The influence they have had on your life
More than any other teacher you ever had
And you are grateful.
You may forget what they taught you
But you will never forget that they DID teach you
It will remain with you forever
Though not seen
For it was absorbed into the person you became
Who you are NOW, is a testament to what they gave you.
I was blessed to have such a teacher
Yes, Sister Happy changed my life forever …