submission from a MountainWings member:
Dear MountainWings...everyday I look forward to reading the
inspiration you give me either by joke, story or what may come
from your enlightened mind at the time; it really does inspire
my day...one of the very best things that come into my mailbox
Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have helped me
through some very tough days... more than you will ever know...
I want to give back an inspirational story that was given to
Her name was Mrs. Thompson.
As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on the very first
day of school, she told the children a lie.
Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she
loved them all the same. But that was impossible, because there
in the front row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named
Teddy Stoddard. Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before
and noticed that he didn't play well with the other children,
that his clothes were messy and that he constantly needed a bath
and Teddy could be unpleasant.
It got to the point where Mrs. Thompson would actually take
delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, making bold
X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of his papers.
At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to
review each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until
last. However, when she reviewed his file, she was in for a
Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with
a ready laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...
he is a joy to be around."
His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student,
well-liked by his classmates, but he is troubled because his
mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a
His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard
on him. He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show
much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some
steps aren't taken."
Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and
doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many
friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."
By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas
presents, wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except
His was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got
from the grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in
the middle of the other presents. Some of the children started
to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet with some of the
stones missing and a bottle that was one quarter full of
But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how
pretty the bracelet was, putting it on and dabbing some of the
perfume on her wrist.
Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough
to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used
After the children left, she cried for at least an hour. On
that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and
Instead, she began to teach children.
Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy.
As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more
she encouraged him, the faster he responded. By the end of the
year, Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class
and despite the lie, that she loved all children the same,
Teddy became one of her "teacher's pets."
A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy,
telling her that she was still the best teacher he ever had in
his whole life.
Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy.
He then wrote that he had finished high school, third in his
class and she was still the best teacher he ever had in his
Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while
things had been tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck
with it, and would soon graduate from college with the highest
of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson that she was still the best
and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.
Then four more years passed and yet another letter came.
This time, he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree,
he decided to go a little further. The letter explained that
she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But
now his name was a little longer...the letter was signed,
Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.
The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another
letter that spring. Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going
to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple
of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree
to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for
the mother of the groom.
Of course, Mrs. Thompson did. And guess what? She wore that
bracelet, the one with the several rhinestones missing. And she
made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his
mother wearing on their last Christmas together. They hugged
each other and Dr. Stoddard whispered in Mrs. Thompson's ear,
"Thank you, Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you
so much for making me feel important and showing me that I could
make a difference."
Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back.
She said, "Teddy, you have it wrong. You were the one who
taught me that I could make a difference.
I didn't know how to teach until I met you."
Warm someone's heart today....pass this along!
Please remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, you
will have the opportunity to touch and /or change a person's
outlook on life.
And you at MountainWings.com do just that.
"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have
trouble remembering how to fly."
Thank you for being that friend to myself and others who enjoy
receiving that daily lift!
submitted by L.N., Skyforest, CA
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