Friday, July 7, 2017

Teaching Can Make An Impact

So, we all know that the OTHER Sarah Michelle is a famous actress and all that, right?
What you probably DIDN'T know is that, in high school, I was in drama and fancied myself an actress as well. 
Whitley County High School Drama Class 2000-2001
I really nailed the part of ditzy Fiona in the murder mystery place "Murders in the Heir". 

It has been almost 17 years since I was in drama (DDAAMMNN!!!), but I remember it like it was yesterday. I made a lot of great memories being in that class and a lot of the reason why is because of my teacher, a man by the name of David Sweet. 

My senior year, I took drama and Colonel Creations, which was a writing class. Both were taught by Mr. Sweet. I LOVED both classes because I learned so much and because Mr. Sweet made it fun. He made it memorable. Many of my teachers were just cranky old folk who seemed to hate their jobs. 
Mr. Sweet wasn't like that. Did he have his bad days? Sure...he was dealing with a bunch of jerky high school kids. But those days were few and that was awesome. Mr. Sweet loved what he did, something that was evident every day. He enjoyed teaching us know-it-all teenagers and seemed to forgive the fact that some times, we were just undeserving of his good mood. 
Mr. Sweet was down for pretty much whatever, which was really an awesome trait. He was always ready for a conversation with a movie quote or 5 up his sleeve. I remember one time, he was trying to get our rowdy group to quiet down and he said something along the lines of "If Donna Summer was listed in the phone book, how would it read? Summer, Donna....." only the way he said it, it sounded like simmer down. This is something I find myself using with my kids all the time. 
I've always loved writing but Mr. Sweet just strengthened that love with his Colonel Creations class. He was the perfect critic and our biggest cheerleader. I still have the children's book he had us write, though it is still missing a page. He never thought our dreams were too big and he always encouraged us to reach for them.

As a woman in her *mumbles incoherently*, I am friends with Mr. Sweet on Facebook. He keeps up with most of his students, past and present. This is something that I really respect about him. While he has 2 biological kids, he has hundreds of adopted kids. 

The fact that Mr. Sweet is who he is is why he is my favorite teacher. He left a lasting impact on me that is positive and that I hope my own kids will get to encounter at some point. His modesty doesn't allow him to really grasp the full impact he leaves on his students, but he changes lives in the most positive of ways. The day he leaves the teaching world will be a sad one, because there will never be another David Sweet.

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 13 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.
My subject was "Tell us about your favorite teacher. What makes them so memorable?" and it was submitted by the lovely Rabia from The Lieber Family Blog. Thanks for the prompt!
See what my friends have for you by following the links below!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

For My Husband

You saw two kids 
Who needed love
You saw two kids
Who needed you
You saw two kids
Whose own father left
You saw two kids

Two full plates
One empty seat
You took them both on
Four year old boy
Four year old girl
Double trouble
But not for you

Thank you
For giving them something
I didn't realize they needed
Those four year olds
Are about to become teens
They still need you
I know you won't turn your back

Thank you
For giving our son his best friend
For giving our daughter a hero
For giving them what he couldn't
For opening your heart
To two fatherless kids
For giving them your last name

So much more than just a word
It's action
It's love
It's devotion
It's bravery
You are all of those things

This post is dedicated to my amazing husband. Boy and Girl Child aren't his biologically, but he has been there since they were 4 and the bond he has with them is amazing. Thank you, husband mine, for giving them the love their own blood couldn't. You are amazing.

Welcome to June's poetry challenge. This month's theme is Father's Day. See what my friends have for ya!

Fatherhood by Karen from Baking In A Tornado
Putting the 'Father' in Fatherhood by Diane from On The Border
My Boys are Dads by Dawn from Spatulas On Parade
Daddy Wins by Lydia from Cluttered Genius