September 2021

01

Ocracoke Lighthouse 04 10/27/2011 Oil Paint Rendered — Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Ocracoke Island, North Carolina
When the teacher is ready,
she waits for the students to appear.
It doesn't mean a thing
that she has 32 kids in her classroom.

Through four years of high school,
I learned to type.
It was the most valuable gift
I have ever received.
But I cringe thinking about 
all those good people
banging their heads against me
in all those classes
that were required for graduation.
I was not ready
for anything they were selling.

The same could be said for college
and seminary.

I began to learn what I needed to know
on my own
when I walked into my first parish.
I have devoured book after book
all my professional life.

I've kept three or four books going
for the last fifty plus years.
And none of the things I have been
reading about
were offered in any of the schools
I attended.

Makes me wonder what first grade, etc.,
could have been.
Montessori may have been the answer.
But here we are.
Reading about Taoism
and Calphalon cookware.

Published by jimwdollar

I'm retired, and still finding my way--but now, I don't have to pretend that I know what I'm doing. I retired after 40.5 years as a minister in the Presbyterian Church USA, serving churches in Louisiana, Mississippi and North Carolina. I graduated from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, in Austin, Texas, and Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana. My wife, Judy, and I have three daughters and five granddaughters within about twenty minutes from where we live--and are enjoying our retirement as much as we have ever enjoyed anything.

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