Today was a warm lovely Autumn day as the photo shows. Rose hips, red leaves on the Viburnum and bees all over the Japanese wind anemones flowering.
For me the day was made all the nicer from receiving an unexpected email. This one was a blast from the past. I am sure the writer won't mind if I share some of it with you.
It started :
Hi Miss T......,
It was a bit of a shock to see that you are only 10 years older than me ( and younger than my husband.) When I was 9 you were all grown up. My husband gave me a tablet for Christmas and my grand children are teaching me to use it.
You were the first teacher I can remember having. You were gentle and kind. Thankyou. Coming from Palmerston North the country and the Maori people were all very new to me. My parents didn't mix much so you made life a lot easier for me. Now days I am a farmer and have some part Maori grandchildren. Etc.
The email was from a girl called Suzanne who I taught in my first year out teaching; during the 1960s; a std 2 and 3 class in a very rural Mill settlement in the Central North Island.
Wasn't that lovely after all these years for her to want to contact me. I was really thrilled. It is pleasing to think I had a good influence on at least some of the kids I taught.