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Teacher Appreciation: 50% of My Smiles

Joined: 6/1/2015
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I took a deep breath before plunging into the character that was madly in love with a dream. Words left my lips as quickly as I could think them up. Improvisation was the actor's most basic tool of survival. Then, I ran out of the room, staying in character the whole time. I still felt the warmth of Ms. Trump's crisp laughter outside the class. I walked back into the classroom, laughing as I saw my friend stumble. I wouldn't be able to do any acting or laugh so obnoxiously without Ms. Trump. She was definitely the hand dealt to me from life as she could be anything I needed. She was a mentor, a guide, a sun that shone so bright on the tiny flower full of potential she saw me to be. Above all, she was the person that clapped and smiled no matter the performance, no matter how much shyness and mumbling was involved.
"You did great, everything was good, and it'll just be getting greater and greater." I'm sure that's not her exact words, but that's what her smile, her encouragement, her applause said to me. No matter what the other classes held, drama class was able to get me energized and happy and confident. It was all thanks to Ms. Trump.
As I walked out of the classroom on the way to second period, I said thanks to her. There was so much to thank her for, but thanking her after every class was enough. I made sure to smile since 50% of my smiles were thanks to her. She gave me that confidence.
If you realized, no one is ever born confident. No one is ever able to stand tall at the get go. Confidence is developed by yourself, but outside forces can either strengthen it or break it completely. In my case, my outside force was Ms. Trump. She didn't just strengthen my confidence, she encouraged me and guided me to build it up myself.
She waved as she grabbed the attendance folder for her next class. She was small with eccentric clothes, wide expressive eyes, and a kind and caring smile that was always on her face. If I had to liken her to something, it would be a fairy or a guardian angel of some sort. She could brighten everyone's day just with a wave of her wand. She was that magical and great.
I have to thank her for a lot - for being the teacher that would let students nap on the couch, for being the reason why I can stand tall even when I identified my sexuality, for being the person that made me believe that teachers were everyday heroes, for being the piece in my life that I didn't know I needed. Thank you for reaching out to that short girl who would sit surrounded by the shadows of others, but always alone. I'll say thank you for her, because 50% of her smiles are because of you.
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Comment by Tinerz

Joined: 6/1/2015
Posts: 1
Beautifully written. I could feel the strong emotions. It's very powerful and strong. This essay really made me think about those who have impacted my life. Thanks for sharing. You're a real homie. Always keep writing! :D
Posted: Monday, June 1, 2015 4:55:04 AM
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