As I’m going through my daily tasks here at work, I let my mind wander for just a moment. For some reason, I recalled my high school years.
There was a teacher in my school that taught special education. Outside of her regular duties, she also assisted with the drama club and a social studies course, “Ethics Class”. So I got to know her fairly well. Her name was (and probably still is) Karen O’Brien. She was present when I came out to myself, at the age of 16 (though I had known since I was six or seven) during one particularly emotional Ethics Class, but that’s another story for another time.
I always admired Karen for one reason – she had an unstoppable zest for life. In the one yearbook, the teachers were polled for various reasons – interests, dislikes, etc. These were printed under their picture.
Karen wrote this for her interest:
Interests: People – I find them fascinating. I haven’t found one yet that didn’t impress me.
What a wonderful thought. I’m going to make it a point to remember that more often.