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A LESSON TO TEACH
Mrs. Thompson looked at her students and said that she loved
them all the same. But that was impossible, because in the front
row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.
Mrs. Thompson noticed that Teddy didn’t play well with the other
children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly
needed a bath. And he could be unpleasant. It got to the point
where Mrs. Thompson actually took delight in marking his
papers with a broad red pen, putting a big “F” at the top.
Mrs. Thompson had put off reviewing Teddy’s past school
records. When she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.
Teddy’s 1st grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is a bright child with a
ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he
is a joy to be around.” His 2nd grade teacher wrote, “Teddy is an
excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled
because his mother has a terminal illness.” His 3rd grade teacher
wrote, “His mother’s death has been hard on him. His home life
will soon affect him if some steps aren’t taken.”
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was
ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students
brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons
and bright paper, except for Teddy’s. His present was clumsily
wrapped in heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.
Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other
presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found
a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a
bottle that was one quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the
laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was,
putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.
Teddy stayed after school to say, “Mrs. Thompson, today you
smelled just like my Mom used to.” After the children left she
cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching
reading, writing, & arithmetic. Vowing instead to teach children.
With her support, Teddy became a doctor.
Wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the
opportunity to touch and/or change a person’s outlook.
“Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have
trouble remembering how to fly.”