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Topic: Teachers (07/12/04)

TITLE: Memories
By gillian liversedge


The little girl wept bitterly as she remembered what had happened. The afternoon had brought a knitting lesson. The girl, left handed, just could not do it, and, summoning all her courage, had asked for help. The teacher, frustrated and angry, had thrown the knitting onto the floor. Landing, and then sliding beneath the heavy desk, the knitting was now within sight but out of reach. The teacher, blaming the girl, just shouted at her, demanding the impossible, that the girl pick it up.

This teacher, who ruled supreme from behind her desk, could be cruel and unfeeling. Bitter words could flow from her mouth, damaging hearts, perhaps forever.

Our little girl’s worst moment came on a day when she desperately needed the toilet. Not daring to ask permission to leave the room, the girl bunched her fists, and used them to push her skirt hard between her legs, seeking to stem the flow. She was unsuccessful. Later, when she stood, her once beautifully pleated skirt was creased and damp. Humiliated, she travelled home to face the music from her mother.

The little girl is now a grown up teacher. Aware, every day, of the importance of the words she speaks and decisions she makes, she loves her students, and prays that God in His grace will enable her to bring life and love to these young lives. As she types these words, however, she is reminded of the need to forgive her teacher from many years ago, that God may extend His grace to her, also.

Member Comments
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darlene hight07/19/04
Beautiful reminder that our lives are shaped by the good and the bad things
Jean Boulmay07/20/04
Very touching. It demonstrates how we can grow and be used by God, not in spite of our hard times, but because of them. Thanks for sharing.
Mary Elder-Criss07/20/04
The power we wield with our tongues..for such a little member, it sure can do a lot of damage..but thankfully, all things work for good, huh? Thank God for the grace He supplies to forgive. Very nice piece. Thank you for sharing. Blessings, Mary
Deborah Anderson07/21/04
This was really touched my heart. It packed a wallop in a short amount of space (which takes talent to do), and left me thinking about how our actions can leave footprints on the hearts of others for a lifetime.
Thank you so much for sharing.
God bless you sister in Jesus Name.
Deborah Anderson07/21/04
Sorry for the typo.
I meant to say above that "this was really moving".
It truly was.
L.M. Lee07/21/04
what a rough day! Both days...the first and the last.
Marcell Billinghurst07/21/04
A very touching story.
shows the destructive influence of harsh words on young lives bringing fear and loss of self esteem. Praise God that this young lady grew up to be a true teacher, able to bless and encourage her students.
God bless you in your life and writing.
Dorethia Myers07/21/04
How true, we never forget those lessons we learn. We pass on our knowledge to others
Kenny Paul Clarkson07/22/04
Great story.

It's interesting the lessons we learn from those who are cruel.

Sometimes we learn to immulate the cruelty; sometimes we learn to be kind.

Karen Treharne07/24/04
This was a great story of healing and forgiveness. Thanks for sharing. You learned some hard lessons but they were turned to blessings to the children you taught and to us through your writing. God works in mysterious ways, doesn't He?
Nancy Hingle07/25/04
It took courage to write "Memories". Thank you for trusting Abba to guide you and allow His blessings to flow through your message. He is glorified through your life.