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Oceans For Emotions: Teachers touch lives

By By Elaine Wheat
July 25, 2014 at 2:25 a.m.

Pigeon Point lighthouse

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

- Matthew 5:16

Teachers are going back for the 2014-15 school year and are busily decorating their classrooms. I am once again missing beginning a new school year, as I have retired from teaching and counseling.

It was in the mid-'80s, and I was teaching several classes at a private school in Victoria, and without even realizing it, I had decorated my classroom and desk in "early ocean."

I had all kinds of pictures and replicas of lighthouses adorning my desk. I had lighthouse posters, a lighthouse clock, a lighthouse calendar and even a replica of a lighthouse pen that I used as my grading pen. I did not put them there to impress anyone else; I put them there because I liked them.

But you never know who you're going to touch when you teach. Today, I received photos on Facebook of a lighthouse near Monterey, Calif., and San Francisco, where one of my former students, Tina, is traveling as a grownup with her husband, Ron. The lighthouse is called Pigeon Point.

I taught Tina about 30 years ago, and she remembered me by sending me this photo of the lighthouse and many other beautiful photos of the Pacific Ocean. It was almost like being there.

To all of you teachers and all of you who have been taught, take time this week to tell one of your teachers "thank you."

You never know who you're going to touch when you teach.

Dear Lord, just as you never know who you're going to touch when you teach, you never know which student you taught is one day going to turn around and touch you. Thank You, Lord, for being the master teacher.

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