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September contest: best school days memory
September 2, 2008

School Days Memory, by Christy Hawkes

My Mother would spend hours every day during summer vacation sewing me a new wardrobe for the coming school year. I always felt wonderful each morning when I would dress in my new outfit. And, during the day if things were rough, I would remember my
Mother's love for me.

Last year Mom was diagnosed with both breast and ovarian cancer. After several surgeries, chemo, and radiation she is doing well. In fact, she just celebrated her 70th birthday this month.

Ann V. Miller: A Teacher

"Oh, the places you'll go." Mrs. Miller's eyes gleamed like those of a furry animal as she leaned into a podium, making it totter. "And you'll never have to leave your cubicle in the library."

The library? Groans seemed to shake the walls in that Baylor University classroom as Mrs. Miller put on bifocals and opened a book thick as an old-time dictionary. I might go to the library, but it certainly wouldn't be to study.

Even though I mimicked the behavior of my classmates, inside, little kernels of gray matter that had lain dormant popped like a kettle of corn. Would this woman, proper in a double-breasted suit, really be different from the rest of the grim-mouthed teachers I'd had back home? I stared at the swirls of purple and pink and lime green in the scarf casually draped over her shoulders, then opened the book and tried to find the right page.

"When I was one-and-twenty," she read.

A few students yawned. Sighs replaced the groans.

"Give pearls away, and rubies. But keep your fancy free..."

Her voice echoed the words I absorbed into my brain. I kept checking the date of the poem, the man's name. Pearls. Rubies. Things that could be stolen. Like a heart.

Mrs. Miller kept reading, her voice deep and melodic, letting the sparks flicker, then reignite with a turn of a phrase, a well-placed rhyme. 

She was reading about heartbreak. Something I understood, after last night's phone call. And so did some man named Housman, born way back in 1859.

His perfect rhythm, the perfect words, massaged the secret places inside of me. I'd always loved to read, this type of thing had eluded my interest. I flipped the page, devoured it, and kept going. After all, she'd said it was time to go different places.

Before I graduated from Baylor, I'd taken as many of Mrs. Miller's classes as I could cram into my curriculum and served two years as her grader. Mrs. Miller taught me not only how to learn, using Biblical principles, but how to teach, using Biblical principles. And for that, I will be eternally grateful. One day, Lord willing, may we meet again. 

Patti


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Patti's Writing News
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