Daily Prompt: Teacher’s Pet
Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?
I would have to choose a teacher I never had in school. Growing up I had friends on the neighbourhood street, and one of them had a father who was a high school science teacher, yet during one summer he kept a large group of us 7 and 8 year olds entertained, and educating us about the world we live in. From making logs burn with different colors, which also caused my dad to call the fire department, when I conveniently forgot to mention it to him. Also seeing the teeming life found in the pond in a nearby ravine, through a microscope. To learning that ants love sugar, but hate pepper, and all sorts of other discoveries. He was probably the reason I took all three sciences in high school, and why to this day I still enjoy learning about the world around me through observation. Unfortunately time has caused me to forget their family name, as its been over four decades, since I last saw them, and we were only neighbors for 2 grades and one summer holiday. So to Jim’s dad, thanks for expanding my horizons, and the life long love of the scientific method. It was this scientific approach that finally convinced me to follow Buddhism from the paths I had been exposed to as a child, so you never know what knowledge will lead to.