Post #13 in the Blog Every Day in May Challenge, 250 words or less. Prompt for May 13: Issue a public apology.
So many situations to choose from!
I apologize to my brothers—for beating up on one and spoiling the other.
I apologize to the fifth graders I taught at Glencliff Elementary School, my first teaching job. I was not kind or compassionate. I followed the model of how I’d been taught—with an emphasis on facts and paddling. It was the norm at that time, but I could have been different. Wish I could group all those 57-year-olds together and tell them how sorry I am that I did such a lousy job. I’d ask their forgiveness for errors I don’t even remember now. I just feel a great cloud of regret that I didn’t inspire them, for I’m sure I didn’t.
Here I must throw in a thanks to my dear friend, Enid Henninger Woolsey, from whom I learned that teaching could be fun and that teachers and students could inspire each other. Wish I’d had her teaching with me that first year!