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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    next time you find us a story like this you need to put a disclaimer on it...get your box of tissues what a beautiful inspirational story


    Quote Originally Posted by nennie View Post
    We never know how we will impact a life and I have experienced two teachers this past year that has seen potential in the children I am helping to raise and this story touched my heart.

    The Fifth Grade Teacher

    As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first day of school, she told the children an untruth. Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved them all the same. However, that was impossible, because there in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

    Mrs Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he did not play well with the other children, that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath.. In addition, Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big 'F' at the top of his papers.

    At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

    Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is a bright child with a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around.

    His second grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle.'


    His third grade teacher wrote, 'His mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest, and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken.'

    Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, 'Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class.'


    By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself. She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one-quarter full of perfume. But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist. Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say, 'Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to.'

    After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children. Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class and, despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of her 'teacher's pets...'

    A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she was the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

    Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever had in life.

    Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best and favorite teacher he had ever had in his whole life.

    Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

    The story does not end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring. Teddy said he had met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit at the wedding in the place that was usually reserved for the mother of the groom. Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing. Moreover, she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing on their last Christmas together.

    They hugged each other, and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear, 'Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference.'

    Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, 'Teddy, you have it all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference. I didn't know how to teach until I met you.'

    (For you that don't know, Teddy Stoddard is the Dr at Iowa Methodist Hospital in Des Moines, IA that has the Stoddard Cancer Wing.)
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    My 25 year old daughter is feeling she never had the Lego experience (her brother got those) and has asked me to look for them when I go to yard sales. In 3 weeks I have not found one Lego. I was expressing that in one of my middle school classes and 5 different boys piped up that they have whole cartons of Legos they don't play with anymore. I asked my other classes with similar results. If half of the kids who said they would, bring them to me (for cash, with parent approval) I'll have more than enough and probably more than she'll want. Duh! I was sitting right on the mother lode and didn't know it!
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 - 6), and happy National Teacher Day (today, May 3)!
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by GuardianAngel View Post
    nennie: What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing it. There are so many people in this world that need to read that story.
    While this is a lovely story, it is just that. Fiction. An urban legend:

    snopes.com: Teddy Stoddard
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    That email has been around for years!
    "...each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one." - Mitch Albom, one helluva writer

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy Fields View Post
    While this is a lovely story, it is just that. Fiction. An urban legend:

    snopes.com: Teddy Stoddard
    Yes. That was passed around in email years ago.

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Whether it be fiction or not I really don't care. The gist of the story is how we should see good in people and try to make their lives better. I see people just like the child in that story get looked over all the time as if they are invaluable until one person comes along and sees potential. It is a good story with a good message.
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Quote Originally Posted by Ellen View Post
    Happy Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2 - 6), and happy National Teacher Day (today, May 3)!
    How appropriate!!! My baby girl is graduating today with a degree in Early Childhood Education!!! And I'm not a bit proud that she is summa cum laude.

    Now she just has to find a job!!!!
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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    veejeer, congratulations on your daughter's wonderful academic achievement and may she find employment soon!

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    Re: FORT Koffee Klatch

    Congratulations veejer! I wish your daughter much luck in her future.
    History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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