Tell us about a teacher who had a real impact on your life, either for the better or the worse. How is your life different today because of him or her?
This was a no brainer. While I had a lot of favorite teachers over the years, one stands out as the person whose teachings impacted my daily life.
That would have to be my high school Home Ec teacher, Mrs. L.
Learning to cook and sew and run a house may seem old fashioned by today’s standards, but other than the sewing, the skills I learned from this woman are very much in need; not just in my household, but in every household.
The sewing, which I still love to do when I have time, has been a hobby for many years, and I have made a lot of heirlooms and memories, using the skills I learned from my old pal Mrs. L.
On the surface, the science of cooking and the mechanics of sewing seem pretty straight forward. But when you are instructed in these skills by someone who truly loves them, you learn that they both can be an art form, a source of pride, hours of enjoyment just in the act of doing either and you can share those skills with others for a multitude of reasons. Who doesn’t love something you toiled over for hours, days, or even weeks that was made by your hands just for them?
Both can seem like daunting tasks to a beginner, so trial and error, failing and trying again, and practice, practice practice were things Mrs L incorporated into her lessons. Using a quick substitution or other means of problems solving ideas also come in handy in the domestic arts, as well as life in general.
30 years after taking that class, I still use Mrs. L’s lessons every day, and I am still grateful that she was my high school teacher, mentor, and friend.