Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanks, Mr. Duffy!

I've enjoyed reading both Carla and Mary Ann's posts for our annual Three Weeks of Thanks-Giving series.

As I pondered who I wanted to thank this year, I realized that as much as I enjoyed my English classes over the years, the teacher who had the most impact on my writing was actually a history teacher. Mr. Robert Duffy was my teacher for Advanced Placement United States History my senior year in high school. It was a challenging class, and he required us to write several papers. Mr. Duffy didn't always agree with the stance I took in those papers, but his comments were always insightful and encouraging. I recall thinking that he took me seriously as a writer and that meant the world to me.

Years later, when rejections made me doubt my writing ability, I'd pull out those papers (which I saved and still have) and consoled myself by re-reading Mr. Duffy's praise of my work.

For this post, I pulled out my high school yearbook and found the note he wrote in it:
"Best wishes--your papers were a pleasure
(some sounded like me)."

Even after all these years, I'm encouraged by Mr. Duffy's words. I hope I can have a similar impact on my students. Thank you, Mr. Duffy!

Thanks, also, to everyone who entered our giveaway of Pet Crazy, and congratulations to our THREE winners:
Tanya C, Linda B, Danielle H 

Don't forget, today is Poetry Friday. This week's roundup is over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

Remember, always Write with Joy!

1 comment:

April Halprin Wayland said...

Ah, Carmella ~ I’ve come across comments from teachers of long ago and also been encouraged. I don’t think I always understood their comments at the time, but looking at them from a distance has made all the difference.