By: “How To Survive As A Woman”
Being A Teacher; Sad But True…I recently attended a Middle School graduation ceremony. The ceremony was much like any other; the speeches from the school administration, the students marching in and out with the traditional “Pomp and Circumstance Song” playing in the back ground.
However, the words of one student speaker, expressing appreciation for his teachers stated; “To our teachers, you will be missed, in fact, one of my fellow students told me, I am really going to miss my English teacher, she learns me real good.”
The audience just broke out with laughter and some tears. The student went on to say, “I believe I can speak for all my fellow students, and say something that is not said often enough, thank you teachers, for becoming teachers and for teaching us, thank you for your attention, for your patience and for your knowledge. Yes, you have given us lasting impressions, and we know, sad but true, we will remember you far more than you will remember us.” It was at that point that the audience really broke down in tears.
Now, even after several speeches from others students and more words of appreciation, it was those eleven words that made an impression on me the most, “we will remember you, far more than you will remember us.” I could not help but reflect on the truthfulness of that thought. For many of us, not only can we precisely recall the name of our first grade teacher, but we may also have a mental image, and perhaps even recall the sound of their voice.
On the other side of the black board, with the passing years and the many students, unless we had a major reason to be recalled, such as an outstanding personal event, achievements or an infamous personality, our teachers may not recall us at all. Yes, it truly is sad but true.
However we are not disenchanted, because the facts stand as a reminder of the outstanding profession of becoming a teacher. We appreciate a good teacher who molds young minds with knowledge and abilities. A teacher who impresses upon us the joys and imperatives of life, weather or not they can remember us.
I remember one teacher, Mr. Murphy, in the sixth grade class, impressed me with these words, “don’t dwell on the miseries of the present, but continue to strive for the victories of the future.” Now in my older years, those words live on in my mind and heart.
Now for those among us who are considering a teaching profession, God bless you in your place of honor and privilege. Do not be discouraged by the bad press of teachers who have fallen into dishonor. Remember, in every endeavor of life, there will always be those who will disappoint and dishearten us. Instead, look to those who are unpublished even in their goodness, who work hard in teaching our children to believe in themselves, to respect one another and strive for greatness.
And most especially, for those among us who are teachers, well I can really only restate the words of that young student graduate who said it best, “thank you teachers for becoming teachers and for teaching us, thank you for your attention, for your patience and for your knowledge. Yes! you have given us lasting impressions.”
Thank You All!