Today, for no-particular reason, I started thinking about dear people who have given me heart-filled gifts of learning. One was Dad. He was a teacher by profession, a leader by nature, and a life-long supporter of learning—and he walked the talk.
In his more than 90 years, Dad never stopped learning—and his example inspired many. He celebrated, promoted, and advocated continuous learning/schooling for everyone—everyone was blest by his enthusiasm for education.
Mom provided another stellar example of the gift of learning. She went back to school several times during my childhood and she regularly included us in her class projects. I remember my sisters and I going with her to present a youth fashion show in one of her classes. Joining in was an honor for us and a proud accomplishment for her.
And today, I went online to find a couple of professors I fondly remember in my graduate program. It was a blessing to see they’re still actively dedicated learning professionals. One continues to lead in education as the Director of the Center for Excellence at a college near my hometown. That is fitting, appropriate, and wonderful—he always lived excellence and truly inspired it in his students. Another professor is still going strong, sharing her vast knowledge and expertise in my alma mater’s School of Education.
It delights and amazes me to think of the many people who have received gifts of inspired learning from my parents and my professors over their years of commitment to learning. That’s lots of grace spread across generations and the world.
Please tell me about a heart-filled memory you have of learning in your life.