Thursday, September 25, 2014

Wednesday Words: Mrs. Esther

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Mrs. Esther assessed each student as they entered her classroom.  Being a rare insightful teacher, she knew the struggles every student possessed as a strong believer in understanding what each experienced at school and at home.

When she announced that it was time for Friday’s Spelling test, some retrieved papers from desks eagerly and some with resignation.

Dispersefirefly...graduated…” were the words easy to remember and sound out.  Then “…either…beautiful…and finally testosterone…” Now that’s an odd one” she thought.

Papers were collected and the final bell rang.  Those students, ones that worried Mrs. Esther the most, were last to leave, with sluggish reluctant steps. Looking at their papers, she ascertained what handwriting said:

Anger, fear, depression, despair, anxiety...and much more

Those names always frightened her, for causes were from the home and almost beyond her reach.  Almost.


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9 comments:

  1. There certainly is much more anger, fear, depression, despair, and anxiety amongst children today than when I was growing up.

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    1. We are more aware of it now then we were then, I believe. Looking back at my school of the 50s, now I can see those in some children. We were in the same class group for 8 years.

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  2. Students do bring home to school with them every day.

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    1. The events from their homes are in their eyes.

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    2. And sometimes on their arms and legs like my best friend Cheryl and her siblings. So many siblings! Yet they were a happy bunch of kids, always laughing, merry twinkles in their eyes.

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  3. So much of the home life sure follows them to school

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  4. Oh Susan.
    This is so very true. All of us benefit from having a Mrs Esther in our life, and some of us need it. I wish, how I wish, that there were enough to go around.

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  5. I had such an insightful teacher in Grade 7, she understood her class so very well and made sure that we all felt valued, no matter what our home circumstances might be. A couple of years later, in high school, I had another very insightful teacher, male this time, with the same surname and the same black hair and blue, blue, eyes. I've wondered since if they were related, mother and son perhaps. Their teaching styles and understanding of children was the same.
    I love this story, it brings so many memories of wonderful Mrs M and (her son?) Mr M.

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