Thursday, December 17, 2009


I don't have time to tell you about the pipes that burst over in Sisters and the 3-5 inches of standing water throughout that has rendered the house a disaster area, literally.

I don't have time to tell you about all the great song lyrics playing on my i-Pod that are sustaining me through the day, bringing me insights and wisdom I want to share with you - eventually.

I don't have time to make clever Top 10 lists.

But I do have time to tell you about a good man. This man is the 5th grade teacher at Rojo's school. Both my kids were fortunate enough to have him, to be surrounded by his gentle, gracious, kind and pure love. For Woohoo his project-oriented curriculum was a refuge - a way to demonstrate her knowledge that accentuated her strengths. She learned to work cooperatively with others to build, to create, to learn and to grow. She gained self-confidence in herself as a student, as a "tween" and as a person.

Rojo bloomed under this man's grace, too. His friendships really took hold and were nourished by a man that valued cooperation over competition, community over individuals and love over fear.

This good man announced on Monday that he's retiring for personal reasons. Immediately. He will not be back after the winter break.

I don't even have a kid in his class, and I am reeling. It's a loss. It's a loss for the kids that have been with him since September. It's a loss for the kids that have had him and love to come back to say hi and be welcomed back into his warm presence. It's a loss for all the students that won't have him in the future. It's a loss for the staff, for the community. It's a loss.

We will miss him.

We will remember him.

We will thank him.

We will love him.

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pixiemama said...

Good teachers, like good friends, are really hard to find.


jess wilson said...

Those moments are so hard. He sounds like quite a gift.

Amber said...

I hope it isn't becase of anything bad. Teachers like that are such a blessing.


Wanda said...

Oh no...broken pipes, standing water, AND losing a good teacher who is a good man. Sounds tragic. I hope he and his family are okay.

Lola said...

love said...

God bless him.

And I'm sorry about your pipes.

drama mama said...

Good teachers need rest sometimes.

Godspeed, dear teacher-friend.

Deb Shucka said...

Sending blessings to him and hopes that whatever is next for him will be good. This is such a great piece.

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Hate to see the good ones go!

But thankful he was there to make a difference when your kiddos were coming through.

I hope someone great comes in to fill his very big shoes.

kario said...

Ai, yai, yai.

I hate to see a good teacher go. I hope his path is filled with light and purpose and the children he has taught continue to shine his warmth.

Love you.

Anonymous said...

how sad that he's leaving! why so suddenly? it makes me very curious...