You know FB really is a great, great way to connect with special people from your past. I was doing my normal online routine when i decided to check my facebook account (yes fb is no longer part of my early morning routine lol) and a status comment on my sister’s wall got my attention. It was from my favorite teacher in elementary and she commented ‘Hello! cmzta akong favorite pupil?? How many years ago na, Diane??” Of course I just have to comment on the thread and say ‘Mam, i thought i was your favorite pupil? hehehe”.
I’d like to believe I am one of Ma’am Rigodon’s favorite pupils for my batch (hahahah naay qualification lol) because she is by far my most favorite teacher and one of those teachers that have influenced me the most .
Looking back, one of the earliest pivotal moments in my life happened after my english teacher and adviser, Ma’am Florenda Rigodon uttered these very kind words “..kaning bata-a maayo man ni ba..” (this kid is somewhat good hahaha ^_^) while reading an entry in my english theme-composition notebook. She was not talking to me but conversing with someone else.
I remembered being so down that day, I think I was feeling a bit depressed then because i will not be amongst those who will represent my school in the district spelling contest …i lost in the pre-qualification round conducted the day before because of the word ‘colostrum’ hahaha.
( i really have a very, very good memory retention skill hehhehe. btw, i still can’t spell that word right, the first time i typed it t’was misspelled, good thing wordpress has an in-built dictionary and word correction facility LOL)
i was an emo child + insecure – what can i say?
Those words were like rays of sunlight clearing off the dark clouds hovering over myself that day and the words got stuck in my consciousness. I am good, and I am good with english. It mattered to me because i love writing (it’s obvious with this blog haha), and to have your english teacher affirms it, t’was like winning the lotterry to a 12 year old geeky kid.
Pinanghawakan ko yun. I hold onto those words when i was thrust to a high school full of the brightest poor but deserving students. My high school classmates were full of confidence, really smart and I was intimidated. I felt like I was a real tinyfish from the backwaters of Opon thrown into a pond with colorful and interesting fishes hahahah. It took a long time before I finally start believing in myself.
Those words from my teacher helped me a lot, a whole lot. And I am forever grateful.
But anyhow, I am no longer a 12-years old kid, I have come far, although I may still be a bit geeky but definitely I am no longer insecure, no sir, often that not, I am over-confident to a fault hahaha.
So anyhow I am still waiting for my english elementary teacher to accept my fb friend request and maybe she will comment on my wall too along the lines of.. “ how is my favorite pupil (of your batch)…’ hahahahaha
Thank you Ma’am Rigodon! Hail to your retirement! Enjoy Life!
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