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I taught for many years and always learned more from my students than I ever could have taught them. I stopped teaching many years ago. We moved to a new location and it was simple more restrictive and I didn’t feel that is was a good fit. So I moved on. I have kept in touch with the students I taught and I am enjoying meeting their children and seeing how their lives turned out and changed. 

Today I got a quote in the mail that a student from 20 years ago had cross stitched for me. Although it was sent to me, I think it applies to anyone who takes any time to spend time with a child. I believe there are truly more good people in the world than even people. 

So please read the quote and remember how many times your interactions made a difference in the life of a child. 

“I’ve come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It’s my daily mood that makes the weather. As a parent or teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a child’s life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized.”

-Dr. Haim Ginott  ~ Miss Trenna, you made our weather joyful.

I am so impressed with the quote that I think I shall find out more about the person who originally said it (Dr. Haim Ginott). I am also eternally grateful that 20 years ago I must have made some good decisions, at least for one child that I taught. 

Now I have a challenge to keep. How I am doing now with the people I interact with?

  • Question of

    Does this “hit home” for you?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you think this made me feel humbled?

    • Yes
    • No
  • Question of

    Do you think because of this I will try harder?

    • Yes
    • No


What do you think?


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  1. I was a teacher many years ago! I have a very similar experience. I used to tell my class stories to settle down after the lunch recess.

    They were about twins called Fred and Ed.

    One of my former students reached out to me and asked me to record the Fred and Ed stories for my Podcast.

    I asked why.

    She said to play for my kids so they have the same experience I did.

    I have now for the past five years shared those stories. But thinking about her words, my former student makes me cry to the day.

    Good for you!!!!!

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