Sunday, November 21, 2010

Adverbial Phrases

A friend of mine passed this little book along to me. He thought I'd like to take a look at it. It's Swinton's Language Lessons: Introductory Grammar and Composition. The copyright page is missing, but the name and address inside reads Ella M. Noyes of 117 Boston Street, Lynn Ma.
My first day in Seventh Grade found me in the new gym getting my schedule. Skipper leaned over looked at my schedule and said, "You got Kibler." A moment later, he said, "Uh, oh you've got her twice." Yes, it was true. I had her for English and social studies. That afternoon, I raced home, found Mom and told her to call Lincoln Junior and get me out of her classroom. I didn't know it then but that day was a benchmark in my life. Mom, of course, said no, and a good chunk of that school year was spent in Room 210. The first part of the year, she drove me crazy. I hated that room. She made me work so hard; she covered my papers with so much red ink, I thought I was bleeding at times. As the year progressed, something changed. She taught me to have some confidence when I took up my pen, introduced me to Jack London and made me want to go to her desk and talk to her(even with that funky, 'old lady perfume'). Bottom line, Helen Kibler was my favorite teacher of all time. I think about her room and those life lessons she taught a lot. She's been a big influence on my life in so many ways. Then there came a day in the early 90s, when I opened the Press Herald and was saddened read her obituary. That was a hard day for me. I tried to replay that entire year in my mind that morning to no avail. How strange it is that some people become attached to us beyond our control.

16 comments:

  1. There is also a good teacher in soemone's lifes... glad you had one ! Cheers to all teachers who have influenced someone's lifes...
    Happy Sunday.

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  2. That's a very touching story... You know, years ago in a very small village in the middle of nowhere in Brazil I witnessed my mom meeting again with her teacher of the first year... Such a sweet lady she was! There's also a bunch of teacher who really made a difference in my life and shaped important parts of what I am today, I'm eternally thankful to them!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  3. This would be a good time for everyone to thank a teacher.

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  4. Great memory, Birdman. Hopefully, all of us can say a school teacher made a significant impact on us.

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  5. Such a great memory of a teacher.

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  6. Well, I think she would be extremely proud of you now! Lovely memories.

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  7. Hello!Thanks for visit.Beautiful post!

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  8. As a retired teacher, your brief essay brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful tribute. She had some magic and worked it on your behalf. Wish we had more like her!

    Thanks!

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  9. You just reminded me of an old teacher of mine. Her name wasn't Helen Kibler but all the rest was almost the same. Different languages, different authors, she even used blue ink, but only for the worst offences.
    I remember her fondly now, thank for this really beautiful post!

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  10. Reading this touched my heart. Isn't it curious that some of the people we think we'll like the least turn out to be so important in our lives? This post was very well written.

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  11. Nice remembrance, Birdman. I am in my (early!!!) 60s and even today I find myself referring to my sophomore English teacher, Gertrude O'Connell, or my sophomore geometry teacher, Miss Root (I don't think she had a first name!!!, because they drilled some grammatical discipline and mathematical discipline into me that has benefitted me greatly. Mrs. O'Connell would give me hell for that last long and undiagrammable sentence, wouldn't she?

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  12. Sad story but in some ways not. The impression this teacher made on you and the fact that it still impacts your life means her life, though over, continues on in you and all the others she touched through the years. That is a legacy we should all hope for.

    Excellent post.

    Darryl and Ruth : )

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  13. Mrs. Kibler would be proud that you could write this post so beautifully.

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  14. What a lovely tribute to a teacher - thank you very much for sharing it!

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