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AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by retired2 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 1:01 am

AN AMAZING STORY!

As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of
school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she
looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same.
However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped
in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did
not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and
that he constantly needed a bath. In addition, Teddy could be
unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take
delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and
then putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However,
when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a
ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy
to be around.

His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well
liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a
terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.'

His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on
him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much
interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't
taken.'

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't
show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he
sometimes sleeps in class.'



By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of
herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas
presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for
Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper
that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in
the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh
when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing,
and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the
children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was,
putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy
Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs.
Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'

After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very
day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she
began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to
Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more
she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year,
Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite
her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one
of her 'teacher's pets.'

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her
that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote
that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still
the best teacher he ever had in life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things
had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and
would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured
Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had
ever had in his whole life.



Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he
explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a
little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and
favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer. The
letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter
that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be
married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago
and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding
in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of
course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the
one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was
wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their
last Christmas together.

They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's
ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much
for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a
difference.'

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said,
'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I
could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'
(For you who don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Doctor at Iowa Methodist
in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

Warm someone's heart today. . . pass this along. I love this story so
very much, I cry every time I read it. Just try to make a difference in
someone's life today... Just 'do it'.

Random acts of kindness, I think they call it!

The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it !
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by albert1 on Tue Dec 23, 2014 3:28 pm

That was a wonderful story
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by gale force on Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:02 pm

Agreed!! Thank you again Retired2 for your continued dedication to the forum and we who faithfully read it.
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by observer on Tue Dec 23, 2014 7:07 pm

Ditto and ditto.

End of year gratitude to retired for his perseverance!
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by Rick Wisson on Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:04 pm

Well my Kleenex bill just went up.
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by rbw on Tue Dec 23, 2014 8:28 pm



Me too..!!!
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Re: AN AMAZING STORY!

Post by observer on Tue Dec 23, 2014 10:49 pm

lol! lol! lol!
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