“We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.” ~ Albert Einstein
I seriously battled with Jake’s theme this week, and had almost decided to give it a miss, but sitting at my desk this evening, I happened to open one of the drawers, and found something which has absolutely no monetary value, and is of no value to anyone but myself, and yet I have kept it for over twelve years, occasionally getting it out to have a look at it, and then putting it away again. This thing of such sentimental value to me is a pile of cards and letters given to me on my last day of teaching class music at a school in Johannesburg.
There were many tears shed that morning, as we had our last school assembly for the term. Hubby had retired and we had sold our house and were moving down to the coast. One of the other teachers had secretly coached a small group of the older children to sing that lovely but very sad song, “Time to say goodbye,” and that was the catalyst for myself, the teachers and about 600 pupils to burst into floods of tears. My eyes are becoming moist again, just recollecting it, and every time I hear this song, I remember that day.
I was given lots of cards with wonderfully loving messages, and presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers.They’d also had a collection to buy me a gold bracelet with a music clef charm, but my most treasured gift was the red handmade card from a small member of my choir. It simply said in gold lettering, “Thank you teacher for always doing your best.”
That is actually all we can ever hope to do in life; to always do our best, give it our best shot, whatever the circumstances. Don’t you agree?
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What a lovely post, dear. Your quote from Albert Einstein brought back some memories.
My grandmother’s older sister had a brief ”thing” with Bertie before he became famous. This was when he worked at the patent office.
In fact it was so brief, that she gave him the nickname ‘Speed of Light Einie’. She always claimed it was his speed under the covers that inspired E=mc 2.
all the best Aunty Jane x
Thank you for your unexpected comment, Aunty Jane, and for the smiles it evoked. 🙂
Sentimental and priceless 🙂
Yes, Madhu. That’s how I feel about these lovely messages. 🙂
Very precious 🙂
Thanks, Marianne. 🙂
Lovely memories indeed AD and I would have been sentimental too about them. I am sure they still miss you. 🙂 Lovely post hon! *hugs*
Thanks so much, Sonel. 🙂
You are very welcome AD. 🙂
I totally agree, and what wonderful memories and things to keep. 🙂
Thanks, Inga. 🙂
Nice post @AD 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
Priceless memories on each page …
Yes, you’re so right, Issy. 🙂
Wonderful memories I’m certain. Happy Easter to you and your family Slyvia.
Thanks so much, LuAnn.
Hope you are having a wonderful Easter.. I have no doubt you were an amazing teacher.. Lots of love!!
Thanks so much, Lisa. I did my best. 🙂 Love to you too.
I just tried to comment on your new post but it wouldn’t accept my login. 😦 I’ll try again later
As a former teacher I can’t think of a more valuable keepsake, Sylvia. Yes, we give it our best and hope those we taught do the same and pass it on. I’m sure they learned that from you.
Thanks, Lynne. I loved teaching those children, and I think they loved the songs i taught them. It was very rewarding. 🙂
Such a great sentimental value,post is an inspiration .- Happy Easter. Blessing to you and yours ! .
Thanks so much, Stefan. You too.
Such a great ‘sentimental value’.. so touching.
– Happy Easter. Blessing to you and yours.. !! –
Thanks so much, Bams. 🙂
Wonderful and quite touching Sylvia.
Decades later, I still remember my favorite teachers. I am sure your pupils still remember you!
Thanks, Ruth. I hope so too, and I’m sure they still remember some of the fun songs they learned. 🙂
The moist eyed gypsy is very touched and agrees that our best is as good as it gets 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. Little Karabo was so right. 🙂
Great keepsakes those cards from all your students. You’ll always be their “professoressa.”
Thanks so much, Tom. I hope they will remember me fondly, as I do them. 🙂
You always do your best AD 😀
Indeed I do, Chris. 🙂
I got a bit nostalgic reading this post… those days of old when things were different… I loved you post today (in fact everyday) and find it brings back memories of a film I once saw about a music teacher that had to retire or lost his job (can’t remember) it was called “……… opus” cannot remember the name, a true story.? I don’t know..but I chunked my eyes out at the end of that movie.. Mr Hollands Opus that’s the name… have you seen that??
Mr. Holland’s Opus. 🙂 That was such a wonderful movie, wasn’t it? I loved every minute and also needed a box of tissues.
Some things are worth keeping only for memory’s sake.
Good to take them out and relive the different times in your life.
Yes, you’re right, 68. Special memories never die. 🙂
I so agree! Be the best you, you can be 🙂
I’m sure that’s probably your motto, Tandy. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your wonderful story my friend and you’re still lucky for having those valuable things like that, you could feel that you are important to them .
Thanks so much. Jake. 🙂
Agreed, ad. I can understand the food of tears. A mix of emotions. Thanks for sharing. G
Thanks so much. Gemma. xx
So beautiful and priceless! Just think of the positive impact you made on all these children. What an accomplishment! 🙂
Yes, doing your best. Isn’t that all you can do? Thanks for sharing. I’m sure your students still think fondly of you to this day. 🙂
Thanks, Cathy. I really hope so. 🙂
That is lovely! But like the old saying goes, don’t be sad that it has now ended, be happy because it had happened 🙂
This is so true, and i am happy to have had those years with my wonderful students. 🙂
Wonderful memories. I am sure your small student echoed what you probably often told the choir members. It is good to have memories that touch our souls. Wonderful post.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much, Francine. 🙂
Glad you had a drawer rummage AD . Some things just can’t be ditched and thrown away can they .
Such nice personal memories , and you can bet those youngsters – but -a – little – older will still talk fondly about you too 😉
Thanks so much, Poppy. I often think of them, and wonder where they are now. 🙂
Yes . I bet you do AD.
If you were an inspiring teacher and of course you must have been 😀 it will be like me thinking back fondly of those teachers who made a difference . And I’m talking about YEARS ago 😉 .. good teachers are always remembered and wondered about too .
I have kept in touch with one pupil in particular, and she even came to stay with us for a week a few years ago. I was thrilled to know that she had kept up her music, and had won several singing competitions. She’s now at university. I was so proud of her achievements.
That’s so lovely to hear AD . Makes you feel you’ve helped someone along their life path. How very rewarding is that… you just can’t put a price on it .
Very true. 🙂
I really don’t know how you keep up with all of the “themes” but I am so glad that you do! Every post is an inspiration.
Thanks so much, Rebecca. 🙂
Sentimental values …. is a comfort to have near by – I’m a card collector … too. It’s strange that it’s when we leave our jobs … that is when we told how good we really was.
Yes it is, Viveka. I think that when people are about to lose you, they suddenly realise how very valuable you are to them. 🙂
So true … !!! Never thought about like that before, but I think you’re right.
Beautiful, Sylvia. A lovely response to the theme.
This brought tears into my eyes too! As a teacher the best reward is those small cards of appreciation by the children you never expected it from.
Yes, you’re so right, scrapydo. 🙂
What a moving moment this must have been for you, Sylvia! I got misty just reading it. 😉
Thanks for reading, Dianne. 🙂
You must’ve been a great teacher, Ad.
Well, I did my best, Jo. 🙂
A lovely thing to have Sylvia. 🙂
Yes, Adrian. It is.
I also have a whole lot of cards and letters in my closet from friends and teachers who wrote them before I left the various schools that I went to. I would never dream of throwing them away
Thanks, TA. Yes, I also keep cards from special people. 🙂