Dear Mr. Sparks,
Why do you always kill off one of your characters? That isn’t exactly what I needed this morning, but I should have known better. I have been listening to The Best of Me for the past few days. At first I saw a lot of similarities to The Notebook: star crossed teen love, pretentious parents, letting go to come back together later in life. Eventually I stopped thinking of the similarities, but why does death of a character need to be in every book. But, I guess the better question is, why do I keep reading your books when I know it will end with me crying?!
How did you know that I am short? When JennieB was taken, you gave me “shortJennieB” as an alternative. How did you know?
Why did you not wake up to your alarm this morning? I know that you set your alarm, but it wasn’t set this morning when you woke up, LATE. Did you turn it off in your sleep? Whatever happened…DON’T let it happen again!!!
Dear New Teachers,
I know that this job we love is difficult. There will be days that you feel completely inadequate, ready to break down and walk out. We all have them and I can’t say that these days stop with experience. (They don’t.) But, I promise, there will also be days that you will break through walls and help turn on light bulbs. There will be days that you get emails from former students that make every day they made your head ache worth it. Work hard, don’t forget you always have room to learn, and most importantly, please don’t give up. These kids need us and you can do it.
A Sixth Year Teacher
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
– Martin Luther King Junior