Feeling the Love!
I just had one of those moments where your adult child calls you up to say thanks for being such a great mom, only the adult child is a past writing student of mine who “grew up” and wrote an awesome book. Selah J Tay-Song, author of the Dreams of QaiMaj series, wrote about my teaching in her blog series, 101 Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Wrote My First Book.
It’s a great feeling to know a student found a particular lesson useful—thanks, Selah, for totally making my day! It’s also wonderful how we have generations of teaching memories. Each time a wonderful student of mine comes back to say thank you, I not only feel appreciated but also get the satisfaction of knowing that at least on that day or in that class I did my job well.
I’m also reminded of my wonderful mentors and teachers, one in particular. My high school English teacher, Dr. Thomas Mooney, recognized my interest in literature and gave me a lot of mentoring and encouragement. He also got me a generous scholarship that made it possible for me to go to college. The summer before I left for school, he took me out to breakfast and talked to me about college and my future. My father had just passed away, and my kind teacher did more for my emotional state with that gesture than he can fully know.
I stay in touch with him to this day and send him some of the stories I write, which we laughingly call my “homework.” Each time one of my students tells me thank you, I feel that I’ve in part earned some of the faith Dr. Mooney, my “Forever Teacher,” had in me.
Now my student, friend, and colleague Selah is out doing wonderful work and sharing her skills with other writers, and we keep passing the writing torch on. Isn’t life pretty wonderful?
By the way, Book 2 in Selah’s QaiMaj series is well in the works, so if like me you are dying to know what happens to Stasia and company next, we shouldn’t have to wait too much longer!
For those of you in Whatcom County, I’ll see you tonight at Open Mic at Village Books!
XO Laurel Leigh