True story . . .
When UT, Dallas, conferred my doctorate (which, honestly, I never thought I deserved, much less would achieve, still feel unworthy) . . .
I wanted to call two teachers:
Miss Frederick, my fifth grade teacher at East Side Elementary School in Jacksonville, Texas (I had visited her through the years); and,
Mrs. Fairly, my senior English teacher at R. H. Watkins High School in Laurel, Mississippi;
. . . neither of whom, especially Mrs. Fairly, had any reason to believe that I was anything other than an amusing annoyance.
So, I called both schools:
East Side Elementary – “Miss Frederick passed away in 19** . . . , ”
- H. Watkins – “Mrs. Fairly passed away in 19** . . . “
I put down my flip phone and shed a few tears, remembering that Mrs. Frederick’s first name was
and Mrs. Fairly’s first name,
a reminder that influential teachers are . . .
jewels . . .
God bless all the jewels at WCA who are about to “make a difference” . . .