What's the diff, indeed?
RAOK #10 is I wrote a letter to someone who made a difference in my life somewhere along the way and I mailed it today (thank you, Google, for finding this person I have not seen in 30+ years so I could get his address. Actually, that's a little scary.)
Of course, there are many people to whom I owe such a letter and I hope to get around to writing those as well. But... I had to start somewhere right?
So this is an ode to Mr. L, my middle school social studies teacher. Mr. L was tough. A lot of kids groaned when they heard that they were going to have him for a teacher. There were other teachers in the department who were more fun, who wanted us kids to like them. They tried to identify with us pre-teens by being funny and making things sort of "easy" for us. Mr. L was not that guy.
Mr. L is the guy who deserves to be remembered by the quote "sometimes the right thing is the hard thing". He's the teacher that made a big enough impression that a former student (me, of course) who has remembered him for 34 years is writing him a letter to thank him for teaching me some important life lessons (although I was oblivious to that fact at the time).
If you are enjoying this blog at all, you can thank Mr. L on some level.
Without further ado, here's my Ode to Mr. L: