A Place to Share for Writers and Teachers
Here is one from me. . .students come back all the time from college and they will say, "Mr. Hankins, I am having to make a decision. . .I can't tell you what the decision is, but it is big (I am paraphrasing. . .they don't all say it this way. . .)."Part of our year spent together is in the reading of Tuesdays with Morrie. . .this is my fifth year reading the book so that makes thirty out-loud readings. . .here is what I tell them. . .maybe it will help others. . .I am not wise by any means:
1). Breathe in and Breathe out. . .repeat as necessary
2). Remember that little church you used to make when you were small? Make your hands into that shape. . .
3). Remember the words. . .the church? the steeple? What about when you open it up? Oh yes. . .the people. . .
4). Name the people. . .what? They don't have names. . .but we are supposed to see them. . .
5). Maybe. . .just maybe. . .these are all the people waiting to back you up, support your cause, and send you forth upon your journey. . .
6). And if the little church doesn't work for you try this: Here is the school. . .here are the hallways. . .open it up; we'll care for you always. . .
I don't know about the student as they always make a weird face, crinkle their noses and chuckle at my silliness. . .but I believe this is true. . .we have to be able to name these wiggly little people represented by our fingers made in this simple rhyme. .
Thanks for letting me share. . .and by the way. . .I show this lecture in combination with the original Morrie interviews. . .I love The Last Lecture. . .I have enjoyed reading it some fifteen times since its release. . .I often tuck it into secret pal gifts at school. . .I think people are on to me. . .
One more thing. . .it has taken me some time to name those fingers. . .but they have always had faces. . .
Thanks for letting me share here. . .