Five Minute Friday - a free write, which means, as our hostess, Kate Motaung, says, "...no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Just write."
This week's prompt is: TRY
"If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again!"
I remember my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Martin, saying that to our class. She was an older lady. Someone that I don't think I would have ever thought about again if it hadn't been for this writing prompt.
Isn't it funny how one's mind works? The process that it goes through?
"Try. Try. Try, try, try again. If at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again. Mrs. Martin. I remember Mrs. Martin saying that. Mrs. Martin? Was that her name? Yes. Mrs. Martin. P. R. was in that class. He got my name in the Christmas drawing that year. He bought me a corsage and a bottle of fingernail polish. I was so embarrassed. I don't know that I ever talked to him again after that. Hmmm... Mrs. Martin. She was the one that taught us about Latin root words. How many times has that come in handy over the course of my lifetime? Many. (And, I'm not being sarcastic there. I am a word person and there have been many times that I could figure out the meaning of a word I didn't know, just because I knew the meaning of the Latin root word.) Interesting! Thanks, Mrs. Martin! The only other thing that I can remember about Mrs. Martin is that she taught our class and Mrs. Keeton taught the other 5th grade class. Everyone wanted to be in Mrs. Keeton's class. She was young and pretty and very nice; Mrs Martin, on the other hand, was...well...she was not so young...and not so pretty...and...well...probably not as nice. Although, I don't ever remember her being mean at all. Strict, maybe, but not mean. Well-seasoned! That's what she was! Mrs. Martin was well-seasoned! And, thinking back, I'm glad she was! That means that she was wise and, I'm sure, more old-fashioned in her teaching methods. What a blessing it must have been to be in her class!"
Now...there you have it! Kate gives us the prompt "try" and there is the direction that my thought train takes off and running in. Does anyone else out there do this? Or is it just me? 😨
Until next time...
P. S. - If anyone from GV reads this and had Mrs. Martin as their 5th grade teacher, please, share your memories of her. I think that she deserves a tribute of sorts and this is mine. I'm sure that she's been gone many years now, but does anyone know whatever happened to her?