I had the most exciting news yesterday: My absolute favorite teacher in junior high AND high school, Mrs. Robertson, was trying to locate me.
I was BEYOND thrilled!!!
My friend, Angela, ran into her at the store recently and they were discussing people they have seen since high school. Angela mentioned me – showing Mrs. R a picture of me on her phone and gave her my email address.
Angela and I exchanged some emails about our shared admiration for Mrs. R. and I told Angela how excited I was to hear from her and how thrilled I was that she remembered me. Angela’s reply: “to be honest with you, Greta, for one split second I was sooooooooo freakin jealous of you. She was more interested in talking to you than me.” -ha!!!
I pretty much stalked Mrs. R in high school. I stayed after school to talk to her in her classroom as she wrapped up her day. She always patiently engaged me in conversation. We talked a lot about Life. I soaked up her words. She was THAT teacher….the one that you always remember and always wish to know where she is and what she’s doing now. I think she would probably remember one thing about me: She taught the childbirth classes. She showed the HORROR films of childbirth. And I loudly and without question proclaimed to her that I would never, EVER, be having children!!!! She wrote in my yearbook that she hoped I would change my mind. Years later I ran into her and she asked me if I, indeed, had changed my stance.
Baird and Hannah narrowly made it into this world! 🙂
Mrs. R and I have exchanged a few emails since yesterday. How does one possibly answer the “what have you been doing since high school” question?!
My last email to her included the following description of who/what I am. It is interesting to stop and answer that question occasionally to find out how far you’ve come – and how very, very little you have ever truly changed.
My life in a nutshell…….
I am all the wrong combinations:
a detail-organized creative artist
an overweight environmentalist
a fun-loving free spirit that obsessively plans ahead
a liberal-minded Christian
an introverted people person
an embittered broken heart that still believes in fairy tale endings
a short-haired, graying, usually no make-up heterosexual
a fiercely independent thinker that rarely knows the answer to “So what would you like to do for dinner tonight?”
a feminist that holds strong traditional values regarding relationships
a suburbanite with an inner-city heart
a closed-off loner that will blog her most intimate secrets
a societal anomaly that has a happy strand of DNA that will never be severed
a non-nurturer that would re-arrange her funeral if it would help out a friend
an authentically transparent hermit
a wanderlust spirit that lives 150 ft from where she grew up
a clean freak with a passion for the homeless
someone who proclaims, “Take me as I am or leave me alone!” yet spends hours getting ready every morning…….
Female minded? most definitely.
….finding my way back.