Dear Mrs. Kellogg
irst I’d like to thank you Mrs. Kellogg for the basics you taught me. That doesn’t mean I always practiced what I learned and almost immediately buried in the back of my brain. I’ve violated one of the basics in the first sentence of this paragraph.
Could you possibly believe I’ve just finished my third novel and have another being read by a legitimate small-press publisher? My last two books were self-published, and the first was published by what I discovered to be more of a vanity publisher than a traditional house.
Before I retired from teaching, I had half a dozen technical articles and one just for fun item published. Yes, after years of being a D student in English and just a C high school student overall, I had a good career as a teacher. And, I actually taught English too – how that happened is a story in itself.
I understand now, how you must have struggled reading the papers of us who had poor handwriting and innovative spelling. Yet, you were somehow able to glean our intended stories and encourage us to rearrange for clarity. You were the only English teacher who considered content as equal to the technical aspects of our papers. So I did pass your classes.
In the times which I write, I’m thankful for spill chick because it makes me the spiller I wouldn’t be otherwise. It was probably an interest issue back then, but I’m sure you and other teachers wondered how I could memorize physics equations, but not the words we used to communicate on paper.
Also, a sincere apology is due. If you were still with us, I’m sure you would remember a story differently. I remember quite well one assignment. We were to read a piece from Shakespeare and write what the author meant. I don’t remember what the piece was and what I wrote, but what came after is still as clear as it could be after 65 years.
You, “What you said isn’t even close to what Shakespeare meant in the piece.”
Me, “Did you interview him in person, or have you talked with someone who did, so you know what he meant?”
I certainly could have phrased my response differently, don’t you think?