When my father was a young boy at boarding school, he detested the daily jam sandwiches he was given to take to school for lunch. A school friend called Kenny, not at boarding school but obviously understanding that my father was a long way from home, took it upon himself to bring my father extra meat sandwiches from his own home. Every day. Not so long ago, somebody passed Kenny’s phone number onto my dad. Sixty years later, he was able to pick up the phone and thank Kenny for his sandwiches.
A few weeks ago, when interviewed here for ABC online on what makes a good teacher, I was asked about the inspirational teachers I had at school. (You can find the article here.) . I was able to contact Mrs Visser, (who now lives 16 837km away from me) and send her a link to the article letting her know that she had been my one and only inspirational teacher at school. She sent me a beautiful reply saying, “As you get older you have plenty of opportunity to look over your life and think that you could have done something better or differently and it was so very, very heartwarming to get affirmation of something you actually did right. Thank you so much.”
I am so glad that I had this golden opportunity to show someone that they had meant something to me. I hope one day, when I am old and grey, that one of my students will contact me. Hopefully they will contact me for the right reasons.
There are so many people in our current lives who we need to thank and I am sure we do. But is there someone you forgot to thank along the way? Someone from your past who needs affirmation from you?
Perhaps you would like to thank them over here.