January 30, 2017

Being a teachers pet has always been something that kids throw back and forth, trying to make it a bad thing. But is it really? The post challenge for today is…

Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?

The teacher who has had the most impact in my life is my mother. Growing up I watched her with her students. The love she had for each one. The time that she put into everything she shared with them. The money she spent out of her own pocket so her students didn’t go without. That is what makes an impact. It not only impacted the kids she was teaching, but it impacted me on a very personal level. She truly loved teaching (she still does, you can see it when she is teaching her grandkids and great-grandson new things).

My mama was good at it. She wasn’t a teacher that just “showed up” and “followed the plans”. She tailored, and adapted for each and every student. She taught them how to tie their shoes, made sure they had food in their bellies, gave them encouragement and support. Everything that she has always done for her own children. She truly loved them and they were her extended family. Each and every one of them.

As I grew older those things I witnessed stuck with me. They molded me, they made me who I am. Thanks to my mother (the best teacher ever) I know what love is, what selflessness is. I know what sacrifice and dedication are. She taught me to read, tie my shoes (well she tried to teach me that but I stubbornly decided to teach myself and now I tie my shoes funny). She taught me that being adopted doesn’t mean that I wasn’t wanted. It means that I had birth parents that cared enough to give me something better than they could. It means that the universe had greater plans for me and they included my mother.

My mama taught me to follow my dreams, be unique, and also to be true to myself. One of the most important things she taught me is how to be a good mother. I couldn’t have asked for a better mom, teacher, best friend, and confidant.

I am honored to be her “teacher’s pet”.