Thursday, August 10, 2006

A Tribute To My 6th GradeTeacher

I just want to pay tribute to one of the best teachers I had during my school years.  I was in his class for 6th grade, way back in 1953-1954.  He was very tall, and kind but oh boy, if you misbehaved in his class, watch out.  I mostly remember his kind and gentle spirit.  In those days, the teachers sometimes made extra money driving a school bus before and after school.  He was one of those who did.  He wasn't my school bus driver, but he drove the bus route where my friend Judi (she is coming from San Diego today to go on the cruise) lived.  So whenever I happened to go home with her, I rode that bus.     Several years ago the school district had an open house of the high schools and all the grade schools.  We  went to Pacific Lutheran University and caught buses (yes yellow school buses) and were driven around the district and could get off and on where ever we wanted.  Barbara and I climbed on one bus and who was already sitting there, it was Mr Storaasli.  I'm  sure  he didn't recognize us from all those years ago, but we recognized him instantly.  We had a wonderful time reminiscing with him and once we got to our grade school (Midland) we had someone take a picture of the three of us.  Lester Storaasli was one teacher that will always stand out in my mind as a kind, gentle person from my past. I'm sorry that I will miss his service, which is scheduled for this coming Saturday. 



jeadie05 said...

What a lovely tribute to a man ,who I am sure made a big impression on you .......Jan xx

robinngabster said...

There is a Hallmark commercial about a girl going back to see one of her old is so sweet it makes me cry everytime.

Teachers have more impact on their students than I think they realize.  Both my parents and my brother are teachers.  We can't go anywhere back home without someone coming up to us and saying "HI Mrs. Murphy or Coach you remember me?"

Teachers are so under paid and don't get the respect they deserve.  I taught Preschool for several years and there are some students I will never forget...for while I was touching their lives they were touching mine.

Wonderful entry Linda...I am sure he would like it.

ally123130585918 said...

Linda what a lovely tribute for your old teacher ~ he sounded such a kind man ~ Sad you will miss his service but I am sure you will be thinking about him ~ Ally

yakima127 said...

What a wonderful person to have had in your life...Jae

sugarsweet056 said...

Prayers to his family, may they find peace. God Bless.

queenb8261 said...

Lovely tribute.  I believe that ONE of the teachers who impacted my life the most was my 1st grade teacher. I remember it ll so clearly.  Sorry you'll miss tne services.  He sounds like a very special man.  Prayers for his family and all those who mourn his loss.

stevietwain said...

I also remember my favourite teachers. I don't think we ever forget them.
I remember two that I would literally take a bullet for!

Seems like a very special guy, thanks for sharing.

Lv Stevie

jlocorriere05 said...

He sounded a lovely man, so sorry you'll miss the service. Jeannette xx  

lv2trnscrb said...

what a great tribute to a special teacher :) His picture looks like he would be a kind man; I'm glad he lived a long life; I hope it was a good one for him


inquestoftruth said...

I'm so glad you had a person like that in your life....  people like him are some times life savers for children, and never even realize it.