Finding the Words

The Boy Child’s teacher died at the weekend.
I wanted to tell you about her, but I can’t quite find the right words to her justice.
Instead, I’m sharing the contents of the note we sent to her husband*
{which with hindsight, doesn’t read as fluently as it might}
~ taken in June 2016 ~

Dear Mr S.,
We were deeply saddened to learn of Mrs. S.’s death.  It was our great privilege to know her, albeit for far too short a time.  She was a lady who showed love, compassion, grace, humour and generosity to all who had the good fortune to cross paths with her.  Mrs S. gave hope to hundreds, probably thousands, of children with additional needs, and their parents, that a fully-inclusive education was possible.  That hope is her legacy.
The three of us will remember Mrs S. often and with great fondness.  Please know that you, your sons and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
With our love, Ruth, The Brainy One and The Boy Child xx     

There’s a lot of truth in the saying, “no-one forgets a good teacher.”

{*Mr S just so happened to be the Headmaster of The Boy Child’s previous school} 

5 thoughts on “Finding the Words

  1. What a terrible shock. I'm sure your words will be greatly appreciated by her family and I hope their composing has helped to start the processing that you'll be working through at home too.


  2. Ruth I am sure your heartfelt words will comfort the family in their dark days. Sending you & TBC some positive energy thoughts as you help TBC work through all the feelings as I am sure this will be difficult for him, having just so recently lost his Grandma, your Mum. Good teachers do reside in our spirits long after class has let out.


  3. Oh goodness, Ruth, I feel shocked myself on reading your first sentence. Mrs S looks so young. And you have clearly had a long association with the family through The Boy Child's schooling. Such a trauma for all … Your letter, with its kindness and generosity of spirit will, I am sure, bring some comfort. Thinking of you all at such a difficult time ….


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