On honoring a mentor who set me on my path...

January 8, 2018

They say we die twice -- once when our bodies give out, and again the last time our name is spoken aloud.


 My high school English teacher was the first woman I had ever heard go by the title "Ms."  I was a high school freshman in 1979, in a small mill town in southern Maine.  Ms. Sullivan was tall, angular, smart, independent, kind of cranky, and gave no f$&ks -- I loved her.


We all giggled about the term "Ms." when we were arrived from Junior High. And here I am, all these years later, remembering and writing about her.  And yes, I said her name aloud as I wrote.


Several months ago I went searching for her contact information so I could thank her for being a thought leader to me. I've been a marching activist for 30 years, with her to thank.  I learned that she was active in the state teachers' union, and that she did some community service related to her love of literature. I also learned another thing.


I was too late. 


I would love to have asked her the back story about her early adoption of "Ms."


Who do you hold in high esteem?


A mentor? Grandparent? Chill and steady Uncle Bill, who taught you to parallel park? A moms night out "colleague" who has been listening, laughing, and struggling along beside you for the last 8 years?


Want a gift of honor to commemorate a loved one and their impact on you? I have just the thing!  Gather some folks to discuss your memories and feelings. It may be a person, a school, that old Plymouth that Uncle Bill taught you to park.  So many details can only be captured with oral histories. All the details are HERE. 








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