They held our minds in their hands and showed our eyes what to see.

How many of your elementary school teachers’ names can you remember? Your first-grade teacher with flowing skirts and long brown hair? The sixth-grade teacher the girls ooohhed and aaahhed over as they tried to figure out just how old he was?

Most of us remember the names of our elementary school teachers. High school? Probably the ones we admired, but not all.

University professors? A few.

Post-grad professors? Many would say none.

Why is this? Why do the names of our elementary school teachers dwell in our minds decades after we sat on carpets by their rocking chairs?

It’s because they showed us what to see. Thoreau writes: “It’s not what you look at the matters, it’s what you see.”

They gently, intentionally, held our minds in their hands and showed our eyes what to see.

 

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