Yesterday I attended and live-blogged the BC Liberal Party’s Extraordinary Convention 2011. While at the convention I saw quite a number of people I know through a variety of my incarnations. One little group of people I saw that made me smile was a family I knew from a number of years ago when I was a teacher in a small rural town in the interior of BC.
The fact is, small rural towns can be limiting. There are far fewer (positive) educational opportunities to see or get involved in.
I remember meeting that family many years ago. The father of the young lady that I taught met me at the standard meet-the-teacher thing and told me to make sure his daughter was reading the classics like Steinbeck. (One of my favourite writers, by the by).
Seeing as his daughter was a thirteen year old child I was hesitant to promise too much although I did promise myself to do the best I could.
Yesterday I saw that little girl that I taught many years ago. She is now a gracious and vibrant young lady who is attending university after spending a year in Belgium.
I can only imagine how proud her father and mother must be at their daughter’s accomplishments. I know my heart swelled with pride. I can only hope that the reading I encouraged her to do had some impact on her growth.