30 Years Later

A joyful story:

My Kindergarten teacher has been on my mind this week. I haven’t talked to her in decades. But today, I found myself feeling gratitude for her and the role she played for me the year I was in her class.

Over the weekend, on a whim, I wondered, how would I go about finding her? I couldn’t even remember exactly how to spell her last name, and I wasn’t sure if she still lived in the area where I grew up.

So I sent a message to someone who was in that class with me. That friend said she thought her name had changed. That turned out to be true, but an hour later, my friend had found her on Facebook.

So I dared to send her a friend request. Will she remember me? She returned the request, but still, I thought, better to assume not.

I sent her a message, said who I was, and told her what year I was in her Kindergarten class. I thanked her for being such a wonderful teacher and such an important support for me that year. Then I realized via her Facebook that it’s HER BIRTHDAY. (How perfect!)

She responded right away. I was surprised and so touched that she totally remembered me, told me she’s wondered about me all these years, then immediately told me a bunch of things she loved about me as a kid. Specific stories I don’t even remember.

What a gift in both directions.

We have a lot to catch up on. And we will!

So here’s what I’ve been thinking:

If there’s someone who keeps popping in your mind, or a connection you suddenly find yourself desiring to make, there might really be something to it. A calling, even.

Definitely a joy.

Renee Roederer

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