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A Teacher Who Helped Me Dream

Tuesday, May 3, is National Teacher Appreciation Day. It is a day to celebrate and honor the lasting contributions teachers make in our lives. I dedicate today’s post to Mrs. Eddy, my third grade teacher, who helped me realize how important words and writing are.

“Nothing happens unless there is first a dream.” – Carl Sandburg

When I was about seven, I thought I wanted to be a cowgirl and ride bareback all day long on my pinto horse, Diamond. Balancing atop the broad back of my spotted pony, I saw myself joining the circus some day and wearing a long white silk shirt with red tassels, jumping through hoops of fire. Having that dream opened me to a life of possibility and excitement. I began seeing myself in a different way – a way that extended my image of self past a scrawny girl with too many freckles on her face. And then a few years later, my dreams changed and all the stars came together when my third grade teacher, Mrs. Eddy, met me at the classroom door. Through her extraordinary skill, my life as a writer was transformed. She introduced me to the wonder and joy of stories, and I began to weave the amazing characters I met and the places visited into my writing. In her classroom, a new world was envisioned – an enchanting one with books and words – and she encouraged me to believe that more things were possible, and little girls could have bigger hopes and fanciful dreams.

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Sorting through Clara’s Hummel Collection

“Touch tells you what you need to know; it tells you about yourself.” – Edmund de Waal, potter and author

On January 9, 1935, Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel gave permission to W. Goebel Porzellanfahnik of Germany to transform her Hummel drawings into figurines. Thus starting a eighty-year collectors’ interest in capturing for people of all ages the spirit of childhood. My mother-in-law was one of them. Clara like Susan G. Wooldridge, author of Poem Crazy, had “a strong gathering instinct.” Over the years, her collection contained almost thirty Hummel statures with such whimsical names as “Goose Girl,” “Apple Tree Girl,” and “For Me and You.” They were all intricately painted rosy-cheeked porcelain children, sometimes nestled with grandparents or friends, many carrying baskets of flowers, reading to friends, playing with pets, holding musical instruments, or just looking angelic as portrayed by “I Didn’t Do It.”

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