Thursday, February 26, 2015 Leave a Comment
Today’s ThankYouThursday goes out to a retired English teacher by the name of Mr. Matt Blackall.
Mr. Blackall’s smiles came easy and often, and his calmness was both engaging and curiously contagious in a room of overtired, stressed-out high school kids.
He introduced us to Whitman and Thoreau and F. Scott Fitzgerald.
He taught us to stop — even when life seems like a swirling, out-of-control mess — and find the beauty in things large and small.
He didn’t mind too much if you turned something in late if it would help you out, which made you want to return the favor by turning in your best work.
I haven’t seen or talked with Mr. Blackall in a long time. But re-watching Dead Poets Society a few weeks back, I thought of him and was reminded how much of a lasting impact the man has had on the way I see the world. I immediately wanted to find a way to put one of my CDs in his hands and say thank you. When I track him down I will.
Feel free to jump on the #tyt train as you like. I’d love to read why you’re grateful.