a real education

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Teacher’s Pet.”

I wonder how many teachers I encountered over my school years. Many. They all had different influences on me.IMG_3567

My mom made me write to them every year, even after we moved away to a different city, to show my respect and appreciation. So I stayed in touch with many of them until they moved or, a couple of them until their passing.
Ms. Isahaya, from my elementary school, remembered that I once wanted to be a doctor and kept encouraging me year after year.
Mr. Yoshitsugu, who limped (somebody said that he was injured in the war), went on to teach at a school for special children and inspired me. When I married and notified, he wrote back saying that it was a wonderful time that one could freely choose whom they marry to.
In high school, I had many teachers with characters. A history teacher who looked as if he just ran to his class from an archeological site, dusty and disheveled. An art teacher impressed and intimidated me with his wafting long gray hair. A Japanese teacher, short and stocky, scared us, including the bad boys, with his “What did you just say?” samurai look. And, an English teacher who was soft-spoken, often looked outside of the window musing.

All in all, I learned compassion and humility from attending public schools. I was able to see what others go through. Poor and well-off, smart and needy. That was a real education.

 

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21 Comments Add yours

  1. I think it is sweet that you corresponded with some of your teachers. That was kind of your mom to suggest it. I can use this post if you want to go back to putting Japanese on your posts now. It’s up to you. 🙂

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    1. nelkumi says:

      I am humbled that you liked this. Please take it as you wish…. (bow).

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      1. Thank you! (bow back)

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      2. nelkumi says:

        Thank YOU! (profuse bows)

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      3. I apologize, I do not know your customs. 🙂

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  2. sandydunne says:

    I like your memories. And I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award, – I won’t be offended if you don’t accept but hope you do, – your blog is awesome! Details are on my site at https://paypackandfollow.wordpress.com
    Sandy 🙂

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Wow… I don’t know what to say…Thank you!

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      1. sandydunne says:

        That’ll do! 🙂

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  3. This is beautiful…

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  4. I would love to read much more like this. Wish you would keep going.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      I am planning to… though, I go back and forth between “I’m genius!’ and “I suck!”

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      1. How about the Middle Way between “Genius” and “Suck”?

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      2. nelkumi says:

        You know me, Susan. One or the other. I am eccentric in the extreme!

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  5. Well, in THAT case, I advise you to shoot for Genius. You never know what’s in there till you get it out and into the light, where you can get a better look. 🙂

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Might as well, might as well…. Thank you…

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  6. Sam Rappaz says:

    Such a wonderful collection of memories 🙂 Lovely post!

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  7. Raspberry says:

    I love this post.. It is a beautiful and touching post.

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    1. nelkumi says:

      Thank you! 🙂

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