i found out last night that a teacher from my high school passed away. while the cause of death has not been officially stated, many of the signs are pointing to suicide.
i took mr. wall’s creative writing class when i was a senior in high school. while i did not keep in touch with him over the years i remember him to have been an extremely charismatic and caring man. and a truly incredible teacher who was very involved in high school extra curricular activities and the lives of his students.
on my first day in mr. wall’s creative writing class he gave us our first assignment: to write a letter to ourselves. after writing it he told us that he would not be reading them, but instead he would be sending them to us 5 years from now. we all kind of laughed thinking there was no way he would follow through, but he gave us each an envelope and had us write our parents address on the front.
in august 2011 i received an envelope in the mail. the return address was my high school. thinking that it was probably just an invite to a high school reunion i almost didn’t open it. but after opening it i found my letter. i had completely forgotten about it and was overwhelmed with gratitude.
in my letter i wrote that i had hoped when i was reading it i had graduated college and secured my first job. i wrote about the boy i had been dating a few months that i really liked who i’m still with to this day. i wrote about my best friends amelia & rachel both of whom i still call my best friends.
as i read the letter i was filled with emotion. i couldn’t believe mr. wall had kept that promise all those years later.
after receiving the letter i immediately sent him an email. i thanked him for keeping it all those years and following through and sending it to me. i told him that i had accomplished many of the things that i wrote about that i had hoped to accomplish. i found out later that he read my email to his class that year as they were writing their own letters.
i’m deeply saddened by this loss for my school and for what it must be doing to the hundreds of students there now. not to mention the hundreds (or thousands) of students he has had such a positive impact on in the past. i count myself lucky to have had an opportunity to take his class.
I’m not crying, you’re crying.
eyeball humidity: 120%
this is awesome. all the feels.
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