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Mrs. Thompson's Story

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Mrs. Thompson's Story

Post by dah_men on Mon Dec 20, 2010 10:05 am



Her name was Mrs. Thompson. As she stood in
front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the
children a lie. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that
she loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the
front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't play
well with the other children. His clothes were messy and that he constantly
needed a bath. And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs.
Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red
pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his
papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she
was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until
last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first 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 second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy
is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled
because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home is a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His
mother's death had been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father
doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps
aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote,
"Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't
have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

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 the 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 children's laughter
when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some
of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day
just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my
Mother used to."

After the children left she cried for at
least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, and writing, and
arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his
mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he
responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest
children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children
the same, Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she
was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life. Six years went by
before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high
school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in
his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another
letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in
school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the
highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and
favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another
letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he
decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the
best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer the
letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there
was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going
to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and
he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the place at the
wedding that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom.

Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one
with several rhinestones missing. And she made sure she was wearing the perfume
that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard
whispered in Mrs. Thompson’s ear, "Thank you Mrs.
Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important
and showing me that I could make a difference."


Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes,
whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one
who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't
know how to teach until I met you
."

Remember - that wherever you go, and whatever
you do, you will have the opportunity to touch and/or change a person's
outlook. Please try to do it in a positive way.

dah_men
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