Well, this is my last post for the week. We are going on a not-quite-vacation tomorrow and I will be without blogging capabilities. I will miss you Thursday and Friday! Don't say anything too awesome while I'm away :-)
Now for today's post...
In high school I had an AMAZING English teacher. He was brilliant and his class was hard. He was like one of those teachers in movies who makes the kids realize that learning is fun.
He only gave A's to truly exceptional students (which meant he only gave an A every couple years). I wasn't an exceptional student. I worked very hard for a B. But, despite the fact that my English grade ruined my nearly perfect GPA, I loved his class.
We were reading THE GREAT GATSBY (still one of my favorite books) and we had to write essays about the symbolism. I can't remember exactly what I wrote about, but I do remember that after we had turned in the essay and the teacher had graded them, he read excerpts of his favorites in front of the class and mine was among them. It was the first time a teacher had ever complimented my writing (beyond writing an A on the top of the paper). And because this teacher was so tough, I knew he meant what he said.
When I decided to try writing a few years ago I remembered this teacher and others from college who had been positive about my writing. The encouragement they gave me years ago was enough to pull me through months of self-doubt when I was starting out.
Did you have a teacher, parent, youth leader, etc. that helped you believe in your ability to write? I'd love to hear about them.
(I'll see you Monday :)