Reflections on Teachers
I remember her room being dark. Not sure if that's because it was or it's just the way my mind has painted that year in my head. A boy named Danny sat behind me. His mother died that year. I had no idea how you could live without a mom. That's the only thing I could think of every time I saw him. He was sad all the time. One day Mrs. Coil yelled at him for crying. That can't be good for your Karma.
One of my most vivid memories that year was the day I fell on the playground. Winter in southern Idaho meant wet. My butt was covered with mud. I came in from recess, dragging my worn tennies. Sitting in my desk, I huddled down, hoping no one would notice that I still had my coat on. Oh, yeah, she noticed. Mrs. Coil told me I couldn't wear my coat indoors. I tried to explain what happened. "I don't care. If you wear your coat inside, when you go outside, it won't keep you warm and you'll get sick." I dragged myself to the cloak room to hang it up, then skulked back to my seat. My face was red with embarassment. It was just one of many bad days.
The one bright spot in that year was our student teacher. I don't remember his name, but I'm sure he became an excellent teacher. He loved us. He had a ponytail, wore vests and read us a book about Joe, an Indian. Then, he helped us make a huge diarama about American Indians. It covered a whole table. It was awesome. He was awesome. We were all so sad when he left us. I felt like we'd been abandoned. Back to the dark days with pinch-face.
I did have some really great teachers through the years and I obviously survived without much consequence. Though, sometimes I wonder about Danny.
(Next time, I'll tell you about my favorite teacher- Mrs. Hawkins. Just her name makes me smile.)