Three Letters from Teddy – story by Elizabeth Ballard
If you have ever been a teacher, this story will surely move you or it can even make you cry. We can always change someone’s life by just doing the right thing and that is what having a heart is… Now reflections from the past came to me of how many teachers changed my life in different ways:
YANG AS TEDDY
Deleted po yung One and Two… Sensya na
When I was in elementary grade 4, I am a one thin and sickly child well until now I’m still thin but no longer sickly. I remember this teacher in my PE class (hindi ko na inalala pangalan), the sport was volleyball and she keeps passing the ball to me maybe because I don’t know how to volley the ball and when I try to hit it, I must looked funny because my classmates are laughing. She passed the ball to me several times until I’m worn-out and after that incident I got sick and didn’t make it to school in about a week or two, from then on I never indulged myself in sports especially volleyball. How I hate that teacher until now.
This was the time I started to love poem writing, Teacher noticed how good I was when it comes to writing and she encouraged me to join English club syempre dali dali naman akong sumali. In English club, she appreciated my poems very much, and even published some of it in our school’s newspaper/magazine whatever we call it. She was also the one who noticed I was good in declamation and every time there was a competition she’s encouraging me to join and she is the one teaching me how to pronounce it properly. I remember there was every Saturday when I usually go to their house because she is practicing my accent, pronunciation, intonations and acting. Because of her appreciation and encouragement I think this also helped me boost my self confidence to stand in front of a crowd. Teacher was one great English teacher back when and now. And up until now, poem writing has become my hobby.
A teacher (hindi ko na sasabihin kung sino) told me one day “You’re from a broken family?, kaya pala” I was stunned and it hurt me in some ways, I felt like I just got insulted but no matter how hurt I was I still managed to smile and kept quiet. I did not know that someone in the community would actually judge you for being in a broken family without even knowing who you really are and what you can do. Take note “religion teacher ‘to” since then I started to hate elderly people from the church because they are the ones who can quickly judge you into something you’re not and I have proven that too. This is how judgmental religious people can get pero hindi ko nilalahat but majority, they think they are always on the right track but hell, fyi hindi dahil sa galing ako sa broken family eh sa kalsada ko na rin napulot ang values ko, meron din naman akong tinatawag na bahay at may mga nagpalaki sa akin ng maayos…
Teacher naging part sya ng tropa namin, she trust us well enough para bantayan yung laboratory nya hehe and that kwela din pala syang kasama. Sya madalas namin kakwentuhan kaya naman naging close na namin sya… Makuwento sya at madami dami din kameng natutunan sa kanya… Words to me is very strong specially pag nakakasama ko ang isang tao sa mga bonding bonding at magaling magpatawa, teacher is fun to be with kaya naging Favorite teacher ko sya kasi may sense kausap.
Now the moral of my blog or my story is that… You never can tell what type of impact you may make on another ones life by your actions or lack of action. Teachers play a big part into changing someone’s lives prospective and as time changes the person’s prospective also changes but you will never forget that moment in your life where the change took place and you know exactly who is responsible for it. You don’t plan to change someone’s life it happens even if you don’t want to, life goes around everybody can make a difference it’s just making sure that you do what is right and you don’t hurt peoples emotions because this can trigger them to change their outlook in life.
* gawan daw ba ng sariling version ang story ni Teddy hehehe