tim’s sunday quickie: early adopter

I almost didn’t update at all (it’s been a ludicrously busy day — ran multiple errands, went grocery shopping, took the baby to the park, drafted a whole short story, did some freelance work, cooked dinner, etc.), but, hey, it’s still Sunday on the west coast for another twenty-five minutes, so I can talk about someone who helped me out as a writer, someone I’ve never mentioned in any acknowledgments, and that someone is:

Ms. Coates, my junior high social studies teacher. When I was about thirteen, trying to write short stories, she read them, and she supported and encouraged me, even though I was a profoundly weird kid writing profoundly weird stuff. She was one of those young pretty teachers, and I had a crush on her, of course, as one does, but she wasn’t just kind, she didn’t just humor me — she really thought I was talented, and she gave me a wonderful boost at an early and important age. I don’t know what happened to her, if she still teaches, nothing at all — but I owe her, so, wherever you are, thanks.


1 Response to “tim’s sunday quickie: early adopter”

  1. 1 Terri
    April 6, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    One good teacher is all it takes. I can’t imagine a better, more rewarding job (except for mother, of course) than being a good teacher (which is one of the many jobs OF motherhood!) 😉

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