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Discussion in 'Inspirational' started by Aman Singh, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. Aman Singh

    Aman Singh
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    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    Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't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

    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 that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr. at Iowa Methodist
    in Des Moines that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)

    Warm someone's heart today. . . 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? tomorrow? just "do it".
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  3. BhagatSingh

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    That story almost made me cry. :8-:):8-:):8-:)
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