Notepad on Life

March 5, 2010

Goodbye, sir

Filed under: Health,Kids,school — - @ 1:46 pm
Tags: ,

“RIP Mr *******. We all loved you. x”

We’d forgotten all about our son’s teacher on long-term sick leave, until my wife stumbled across this testimony to him on the lad’s Facebook page this morning.

Say this for social media: in the midst of all its evils, it affords young people the chance to voice sentiments that, 30 years ago, might have remained locked away behind glum faces. Sentiments that override teenage ‘cool’ and the detachment that goes with it and offer a welcome reminder that there are still teachers out there who manage to touch hearts as well as hit targets.

I’m sat here mourning a man I hardly knew, purely because of the impact he had on my son.

And waking up to the sobering realisation that our ultimate worth may not be intrinsic but measured instead by the effect we have on those around us.

John Donne was right. We are none of us islands.

Leave a Comment »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at

%d bloggers like this: