Background: I was running out of ideas on who to write to and what to write, so I Facebooked a teacher from high school and asked him for advice, this is what he said: “Hmmm. Most of them should probably go to me… But seriously. Family, for sure. Um… Think about it like this: If the doctor told you today that you had 1 week to live, what kinds of things would you feel like you HAD to say? Apologies? Things you wish you would have said? Regrets? You can even write letters to people you don’t ever plan on sending. Secret crushes… telling best friends that they hurt you, etc.” So that got me thinking, of course.
Here’s my letter to him.
I ended up feeling the need to write you a letter, not because you made me feel like I had to, but because you deserve one. I mean, how many teachers add their students on Facebook? How many take a genuine interest in their students’ lives? How many still help their students after they’ve graduated? Not many. But you do. You’re really an incredible teacher. Every time I walked into your class, you’d ask me how I was doing, and I always knew that you actually cared how I was.
Not only are you an incredible teacher, but an incredible dad. My senior year, you were in the process of adopting a little girl, Maya. She came into the class a few times, and you could just see the love that you had for her and that you were a great dad. It’s really refreshing to see that there are still good dads in the world. It was so nice to know that some men really do love their children, and that you are one of those men.
You’re one of the people who isn’t afraid to share their faith, and that’s one quality of yours that I really admire. But not only that, you’re very strong in your faith and no matter what happens in your life, it doesn’t negatively affect your relationship with God. I really admire that you are so open-minded about everything as well. You always try to see every perspective in whatever situation you’re in. I wish more people were like that, but I guess that’s one of the things that makes you so special!
You’re a very genuine, big-hearted, kind, caring person. You have no idea how much it meant to me having you as a teacher. I was going through a really difficult time through most of my senior year, and without even realizing it, you helped me out a lot. I want to thank you for everything that you did for me. I hope you continue having that kind of student-teacher relationship with your future students. You helped save my life, and I could never thank you enough.
If you ever need anything at all, please, let me know.