Electronic Magazine by Omar Villarreal and Marina Kirac (c)
of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will
not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being
sixth day, God created man. On the seventh day , he rested, not so much to
recuperate from the previous six days of work, but rather to prepare Himself for
the work He was going to do on the next day. For it was on that day -the eigth
day- that God created the First Teacher.
Teacher, though taken from among men and women, had several significant
modifications. In general, God made the Teacher more diurable than other men.
The Teacher was made to rise at 5:30 a.m. and to go to bed not earlier than
11:30 p.m. with no rest in between. The Teacher had to be able to
withstand being locked up in an air-tight classroom for five hours with 42 first
graders on a rainy Monday. And the Teacher had to be fit to correct 102 papers
over the Easter vacation.
made the Teacher tough, but gentle too. The Teacher was equipped with soft
hands to dry the tears of the second grader whose pet gold fish drowned the
night before, or those of the 16-year-old girl who was not invited to the dance.
And into the Teacher God poured a generous amount of patience. Patience...
when a students asks to repeat the directions the Teacher had just repeated for
someone else. Patience with the children who forget to bring their books and
homework for the fourth day in a row.
gave the Teacher a heart slightly bigger than the average human heart. For
the Teacherīs heart had to be big enough to love the child who screams " I
hate this class, itīs boring ! " , to love the child who wets his pants in
the middle of a lesson, to love the child who gets arrested for drunk driving
the day after he got an "A" on his essay entitled "The Evils of Alcohol",
to love the child who runs out of the classroom at the end of the year without
so much as a "goodbye", let alone a "thank you".
lastly, God gave the Teacher an abundant supply of hope. For God knew that
the Teacher would always be hoping. Hoping the child would someday learn how to
spell, hoping that Friday would come, hoping for a free day and (most of all)
always hoping for more pay.
finished creating the Teacher, he stepped back and admired the work of His
hands. And God saw that the Teacher was good. Very good. And God
smiled, for when He looked at the Teacher, He saw into the future. God saw His
Only Begotten Son would someday come to Earth and live among men. And He would
be called Teacher too.
HAPPY TEACHERīS DAY 2000 !
Omar and Marina
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