Monday, July 27, 2015

Pay It Forward



Pay It Forward


By Mary Manners
 

“Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

~ Colossians 3:12 ~

I have been writing since I was old enough to know that words tell a story…about four years old. I have such vivid memories of standing in my basement in Chicago, leaning against the washing machine, and scribbling across a notepad because I had a story to tell. Of course, the scribble was just gibberish, but the story was clear in my mind.

My primary school librarian read wonderful stories from picture books. One of my favorites was Sam, Bangs and Moonshine. I loved the wonderful tale of the inquisitive girl and her cat, and the father whose love was overshadowed by grief over the loss of his wife…so many powerful emotions interwoven with haunting illustrations. As you can guess, library hour was my favorite time of the week.

In sixth grade, I had a wonderful teacher who nurtured my writing. She came to school early in the morning and worked with me, and I completed my first full-length novel that year. I will never forget this wonderful woman. We corresponded through my college years before losing touch. I will never forget her, though, or the boundless encouragement she gave me.

In high school, I had an English teacher who loved books as much as I did. He understood my passion for words, and encouraged me to read books with more depth and to appreciate their beautiful imagery. He also began a writers’ group, and published some poems I wrote in a school anthology. It was thrilling!

Without these dedicated teachers, I may not have pursued my love of writing…and might very well not be where I am today. I remember them as I teach my middle-school students, and try to ‘pay forward’ the encouragement I received.

So I ask…has there ever been a teacher who impacted you with compassion, dedication, or encouragement? If so, how did this teacher help you to get where you are today…and what would you say to him or her if given the opportunity?


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Mary Manners is an award-winning romance writer who lives in the beautiful foothills of East Tennessee with her husband Tim and the cherished cats they've rescued from local animal shelters...Lucky and Gus. She loves swimming, running, flavored coffee and Smoky Mountain sunsets.
Mary was named Author of the Year by Book and Trailer Showcase. She writes inspirational romances of all lengths, from short stories to novels—something for everyone.
Learn more about Mary Manners at her website: www.MaryMannersRomance.com.
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5 comments:

  1. As a child, the town librarian made a huge impact on me by holding fun reading contests every summer. One year I won my first two Nancy Drew books. My high school English teacher introduced me to many classics, and I'll never forget the influence she had on my writing and reading.

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  2. What a wonderful post, Mary. Maybe you can find your inspiring teacher on Facebook...I keep in touch with a bunch of past students that way! I have two high school English teachers who believed in me. One also convinced me to write speeches and present them at competitions, Yikes, I can't believe I did that. I hate people looking at me. The other encouraged my poetry. I saw him not long ago at a reunion, and he seemed to have changed hardly at all LOL. Thank you for the scriptural reminder as well.

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  3. My 4th grade teacher thought my short story about A Diary Of A Week In The Life Of A Potato Chip was wonderful. Made me so happy!

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  4. I wrote songs before I could write. Later my ninth grade English teacher's aide influenced me. She gave us writing tools, like character sketches. That's when I knew there were no limits. Great post!

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