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Published 12:06 am Saturday, September 20, 2008
As an English/speech instructor at LBWCC, I have a unique opportunity to get to know many young adults each semester. I consider them all my children even though three years ago I became a proud mother of one. At times, I feel like teaching writing is like teaching religion because students often feel the need to confess their innermost feelings, aspirations, and disappointments. So, yes, I know if your son or daughter has received a speeding ticket, stayed out too late, or had to come home from Auburn or Alabama because they partied too much. But I want you to know that, as parents, you are doing a great job! Ultimately, when I hear these confessions, they are followed with the reluctant understanding and maturity of students who have learned a lesson.
I bring this up because on Wed., Sept. 24, LBWCC will be hosting a Memorial Blood Drive honoring two of our former softball players, both of whom were killed in tragic auto accidents. I taught both young women and their written words remind me to be involved, stay connected and love my son unconditionally.
When I ask students to write about graduation, they write about you: the parents who loved them, pushed them, and encouraged them to finish. When I ask them to write about life’s goals, they talk about you. They talk about your hard work; they talk about the sacrifices you made so that they could have better lives. When I ask them to write about their most prized possessions, they don’t talk about cars, money, or video games; they talk about you. They talk about families who eat dinner together, play sports together, and attend church together. When I ask them to write about their fears, they don’t discuss the recession, politics, or war. Their greatest fear is disappointing you. I don’t know all of you personally, but I’m fortunate to know there are a lot of good parents in this area.
I hope you can join us on the campus of LBWCC, on Wed., Sept.24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for our Red Cross Memorial Blood Drive in the Jeff Bishop Student Center as we remember Whitney Langley and Lequisa Stacey and their proud parents who lost so much.