HS Memories – those who inspired

In my post ‘The ball is rolling’, I wrote the following –

As you know, several garage sales took place last year and additional ones are on the calendar for March.  With downsizing from a 3,800 sq. ft. home to a smaller one comes downsizing furniture and possessions.

In today’s post I write the following –

Part of the downsizing taking place is opening boxes in our upstairs storage and going through possessions of long ago.  Some of these possessions I have not viewed in many, many years.  Some items will need to be discarded, as they hold no value as a keepsake.  Other items will be kept a little longer until another day arrives that I will need to find a home for them, whether that be giving to my sons or the trash.  I realize it is difficult to just throw items and memories of long ago away, but not everything can be kept forever.

One item I came across was a book titled ‘memories’, I received specially for my high school senior year to record ideas, impressions, opinions, thoughts and comments.  This book includes personal data; including my senior picture, high school data, senior class data, class schedule, faculty information, clubs – activities – organizations; you get the idea.

I graduated high school in 1979 at the age of 19.  I married my high school sweetheart at age 18, therefore I was married my senior year of high school.

One of the pages in this ‘memories’ book is titled ‘those who inspired’; I thought I would share with you what I wrote my senior year of high school about those who inspired me back in 1979.

The people who mostly inspired me were my parents, mostly my mother.  I wanted to quit school but she did not want me to.  I am glad she did not want me to quit.  My band director Mr. W. inspired me; I owe him a great deal.

Today I write the following –

I have written several past posts how I feel about my mom.  As you can see from the above words written back in 1979, she was and still is a very important person in my life.  You can read more about my mom in these posts ‘Thanks Mom!‘, ‘Magnificent‘, ‘Happy Birthday Mom‘.  My mom has played an important role in my life and always will.  My senior year of high school was not easy, I was married and it was financially difficult at times for my then wife and me.  But my mom told me to never give up, work hard and everything would work out.  She was right!

You can read more about my band director in this post ‘My High School Band Director‘.  This is the only teacher I had that took time to help me be the best I could be.  He gave me opportunities and pushed me to be a better musician and a better leader.

I am thankful for these people and later in my life there would be others that would inspire me along the way.

In the future I will post about a few other odds & ends.

29 thoughts on “HS Memories – those who inspired

  1. So many people miss opportunities to inspire young people. And it is they who need it the most. I had a few teachers who inspired me a great deal – and many who did not. Isn’t it wonderful that we can still recognise the positive effect that these people have had on us

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    • Yes, I had many more teachers who did nothing to inspire me – it is unfortunate – but I am not a teacher, I can imagine how difficult it may be to teach many students. Thanks for the comment – hoping your day is wonderful! 🙂

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    • That is one of the nicest comments anyone has written. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment today, truly I do. I enjoy seeing your posts with the amazing photos, I wish I could take those types of photos, but I guess I need a good camera first. Have a wonderful day my friend! 🙂

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  2. there was a wonderful advertisement on the BBC years ago (the BBC has no commercial advertising) for Education. It consisted of multiple celebrities saying the name of the teacher who inspired them and their discipline. I’ve never forgotten it.

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      • Terry you are the sweetest and most empathetic of people. I am suffering a little with ennui this week BUT in the spirit of of being the positive temperament I claim to be I am keeping busy and being wifely putting things in the Freezer and making things welcoming for his return Saturday. I am not wholly altruistic though – I HAVE seen a couple of handbags (purses) that I really think would complete my life so …. 🙂 As for teaching – I honestly think it is the ultimate vocation (along with medicine) … you are so right – the wisdom, the inspiration and the motivation can last a whole life through. I do hope all is good and sunny and that JR is not doing any dirty deals in your town today 😉

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    • You are welcome Jean, I think it is very important to let teachers know the importance they play. Mr. W. was hard on me in a good way – he pushed me because he knew I could do better even when I did not think I could. Thanks for reading and commenting – have a lovely day! 🙂

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  3. How blessed you were to have such a wonderful mum Spear, and also a great mentor in your teacher. Special people in our lives can certainly change our direction, I wish my son had a special teacher at the moment, he’s going through a hard time. Thanks so much for sharing and opening up.

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  4. There again, it is life. People come into our lives for a reason. Your band director found something in you, and believed in you, and that is wonderful. So wonderful he impacted your life to the extent you have not forgotten. Everyone needs a band director like that in their lives. Cheers to your band director!

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