This is my first time with this meme, it looked really interesting! I also loved the name – Thursday Thunks 🙂 For this week, we are to pick somebody and blog about them.
I think I’ll tell you about my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Jones. I lived on Travis Air Force Base in northern California and attended the elementary school which was located near the entrance of the base. I’d attended 4th grade there, and liked the school.
Mrs. Jones seemed to be quite tall to me (at 9 years old, I guess all adults are tall!) and she was married to a sheep rancher. One day she brought a small white lamb to school, and we were all able to pet him. I recall feeling his hooves with my fingernail, and admiring how smooth, black and hard they were.
I had a deep love for reading and for horses, and Mrs. Jones gave me a book that she’d had as a child. I don’t think I have it any longer, which is sad. The book was about great race horses, filled with stories about Man O’ War, Seabiscuit, War Admiral and many others. It was a book I treasured as a child. I wonder if it’s tucked away in a box somewhere?
I also have memories of working on my multiplication tables, thinking about learning to play the trombone in music class, and winning an award for writing the best paper on conservation. Mrs. Jones was a good teacher. She was kind yet firm, and took the time to see my love for reading and for horses, and she nurtured that in me with the gift of a special book.
Mrs. Jones, thank you 🙂 Thinking about my time in your class still brings a smile to my face and warms my heart!
You can read more Thursday Thunks here.