Friday, December 10, 2010

Imagine

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He was a goofy 9th-grade boy. By the time he graduated, he had become a man.

At a funeral a couple of years ago, the boy who usually wore cargo shorts, T-shirts and flip-flops dressed in a beautiful wool suit. He escorted one of my Yearbook editors to the service. He sat behind me in the church and when I started to cry, he put his right hand on my left shoulder.

He's at college now. His little sister is one of my journalistas this year. They visited New York City last weekend, and they thought of me.

In a tchotchke shop downtown, the brother and the sister saw some John Lennon paraphernalia, on display in advance of the 30th anniversary of the great man's death.

"Mrs. Scribe would love this," the young man said to his sister. He remembered my passion for all things Beatles.

They purchased this magnet, which features a small, snow-globe-type glass over a photo of Lennon. In his well-known and much-copied New York City T-shirt.

The young man's sister gave me a small box tied with a pretty bow after class yesterday. She told me her brother had remembered the good times, and wanted to give me a special gift. The magnet is now affixed to the blackboard behind my desk, a space reserved for special memories. If you look really hard, you can see the reflection of Room 215 in the curved glass.

Imagine.

16 comments:

Cheryl said...

Imagining is one the best things we do. What a sweet gesture from one of your journalistas.

Amy said...

That's so sweet.

Do you still have your Gilda magnet up on the board? That's always been a favorite.

Susie said...

It is wonderful how lives touch like that.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

That's so sweet.

I love Beatles and Imagine is one of my favourite songs.

Have a great weeend, my friend!!

B xx

James said...

That is so nice and thoughtful. It's strange to think that it's been 30yrs.

Fabien said...

Great and sweet homage.

Sylvia K said...

What a beautiful story and what a great friend and, yes, Imagining is one of the best things we do! Thanks for sharing the story and the reflection! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

jeannette said...

That is touching! Hope more people like that come your way!

Kristy said...

Love John Lennon. Woman is my favorite song of his.

Sarah said...

Such a thoughtful boy, and from him we see a great teacher's reflection.

Betty Manousos @ CUT AND DRY said...

I linked to you today!

Nefertiti said...

original !

Pagan Sphinx said...

Your post really put a smile on my face. John Lennon is a cherished icon of mine. Very good of your students to remember you; and in that way. That says a lot. :-)

Peace,
Gina

Dishesdone said...

What an impact you had on those students, that's terrific! What a thoughtful thing for them to do for you! Sweet.

DeLi said...

yes. i did imagine...

Lucy said...

This touched my heart and I can only imagine how it has touched you.

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