As a former teacher
and the child of two teachers, I cannot overstate how much teachers love getting thank you notes. Education is a challenging, frustrating, not-particularly-high-paying career and those moments when you know that someone actually listened? They make the long hours and grading worth it.
I’ve had a lot of great teachers in my gajillion years of school-going but Argie was amazing. My senior year of college I took her creative writing class at the University of Minnesota, Morris. We did more than craft over-wrought personal essays about Our Feelings, we worked with local nursing home residents creating found poetry
. We printed books full of these poems and gave them to the residents and their families. Argie was one of the first people I ever encountered who tied creativity and creation to service and community
. It’s lovely to create something artistic. It’s even better to create something beautiful that connects and affirms and inspires.
So, thank you, Argie. I’m trying my hardest do something with my life and work that’s as meaningful as what you’ve done with yours.
Which teachers or mentors have inspired you? Have you told them? Because you should!