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Article Time Stamp: 10 April 2004, 21:26:12 GMT+7
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A Lesson to Teach
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Her name was Mrs. Thompson. As she stood in front of her 5th grade class on
the very first day of school, she told the children a lie.

Like most teachers, she looked at her students and said that she loved
them all the same. But that was impossible, because there in the front
row, slumped in his seat, was a little boy named Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs.Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed that he didn't
play well with the other children that his clothes were messy and that he
constantly needed a bath.And Teddy could be unpleasant. It got to the point
where Mrs.Thompson would actually take delight in marking his papers with
a broad red pen, making bold X's and then putting a big "F" at the top of
his papers.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review
each child's past records and she put Teddy's off until last. However, when
she reviewed his file, she was in for a surprise.

Teddy's first grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is a bright child with a ready
laugh. He does his work neatly and has good manners...he is a joy to be around."

His second grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is an excellent student, well liked by
his classmates, but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and
life at home must be a struggle."

His third grade teacher wrote, "His mother's death has been hard on him.
He tries to do his best, but his father doesn't show much interest and his home
life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth grade teacher wrote, "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much
interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and he sometimes sleeps in class."

By now, Mrs. Thompson realized the problem and she was ashamed of herself.
She felt even worse when her students brought her Christmas presents,
wrapped in beautiful ribbons and bright paper, except for Teddy's. His present
was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper that he got from a grocery bag.

Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents
Some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet
with some of the stones missing, and a bottle that was one quarter full of perfume.

But she stifled the children's laughter when she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet
was, putting it on, and dabbing some of the perfume on her wrist.

Teddy Stoddard stayed after school that day just long enough to say,
"Mrs.Thompson, today you smelled just like my Mom used to," After the children
left she cried for at least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading,
and writing, and arithmetic. Instead, she began to teach children.

Mrs. Thompson paid particular attention to Teddy. As she worked with him,
his mind seemed to come alive. The more she encouraged him, the faster he responded.

By the end of the year, Teddy had become one of smartest children in the class and,
despite her lie that she would love all the children the same, Teddy became one of
her"teacher's pets."

A year later, she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that she
was still the best teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He then wrote that he had
finished high school, third in his class, and she was still the best teacher he ever
had in his whole life.

Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been
tough at times, he'd stayed in school, had stuck with it, and would soon graduate
from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs.Thompson that she was still
the best and favorite teacher he ever had in his whole life.

Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained
that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. The letter
explained that she was still the best and favorite teacher he ever had. But now
his name was a little longer -- the letter was signed,Theodore F. Stoddard, MD.

The story doesn't end there. You see, there was yet another letter that spring.
Teddy said he'd met this girl and was going to be married. He explained that his
father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might
agree to sit in the place at the wedding that was usually reserved for the mother
of the groom. Of course, Mrs.Thompson did.

And guess what? She wore that bracelet, the one with several rhinestones missing.
And she made sure she was wearing the perfume that Teddy remembered his mother wearing
on their last Christmas together. They hugged each other,and Dr. Stoddard whispered
in Mrs.Thompson's ear, "Thank you Mrs. Thompson for believing in me. Thank you so
much for making me feel important and showing me that I could make a difference."

Mrs. Thompson, with tears in her eyes, whispered back. She said, "Teddy, you have it
all wrong. You were the one who taught me that I could make a difference.I didn't
really know how to teach until I met you."

Please remember that wherever you go, and whatever you do, you will have the opportunity
to touch and/or change a person's outlook.

Please try to do it in a positive way:
"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble remembering
how to fly"




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SEBUAH PELAJARAN UNTUK DISAMPAIKAN
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Namanya Ny. Thompson. Ia berdiri di depan ruang kelas 5 pada hari pertama
tahun pengajaran, dan berbohong kepada murid-muridnya.

Seperti kebanyakan pengajar, ia memandang ke seluruh murid dan berkata bahwa
ia memperhatikan seluruh murid dengan adil. Tetapi hal itu tidak mungkin,
karena di barisan depan, ada seorang anak yang duduk dengan menggelesot
namanya Teddy Stoddard.

Ny. Thompson sudah mengawasi Teddy setahun sebelumnya dan ia memperhatikan
bahwa dia tidak bisa bermain dengan baik dengan anak-anak yang lain karena
bajunya morat marit dan terlihat selalu perlu untuk dimandikan. Dan Teddy
bisa jadi tidak suka. Itu semua mendapat penilaian, dimana Ny.Thompson
kenyataannya akan memberikan tanda khusus di laporan Teddy dengan tinta
merah besar, membuat X tebal dan memberi tanda F besar di atas kertas laporan
Teddy.

Di sekolah tempat Ny.Thompson mengajar, ia diminta untuk melihat ulang
catatan murid-muridnya di tahun sebelumnya, dan ia membiarkan cacatan Teddy
di giliran terakhir. Saat membaca catatan Teddy ia terkejut.

Guru kelas satu Teddy menulis,Teddy adalah anak yang cemerlang dan ceria.
Ia mengerjakan perkerjaannya dengan rapi dan memiliki hal-hal yang
baik. Ia membawa kegembiraan bagi sekitarnya.

Guru kelas duanya menulis,Teddy adalah murid yang sempurna, sangat disukai
oleh seluruh temannya, tetapi ia terganggu karena ibunya sakit stroke dan
untuk tinggal di rumah adalah suatu perjuangan bagi Teddy.

Guru kelas tiganya menulis,Ia mendengar kematian ibunya. Ia berusaha untuk
melakukan yang terbaik, tetapi ayahnya tidak menunjukkan ketertarikannya
dan kehidupan di rumah akan segera mempengaruhinya jika tidak ada
langkah-langkah yang dilakukan.

Guru kelas empat Teddy menulis,Teddy menjadi mundur dan tidak tertarik ke
sekolah. Ia tidak punya banyak teman dan terkadang tertidur di kelas.

Setelah itu, Ny. Thompson menyadari masalahnya dan dia malu terhadap
dirinya sendiri. Ia merasa tidak enak ketika murid-muridnya membawa
hadiah natal, dibungkus dengan pita-pita yang indah dan kertas yang menyala,
kecuali pemberian Teddy. Hadiah dari Teddy kumal bentuknya dan dibungkus
dengan kertas coklat yang diambil dari tas belanja.

Ny.Thompson dengan terharu membuka kado Tedy ditengah-tengah kado yang
lain. Anak-anak mulai tertawa saat ia menemukan gelang batu dimana
beberapa batunya hilang, dan sebuah botol yang berisi parfum setengahnya.

Tetapi ia menyuruh murid-muridnya diam dan menyatakan bahwa gelang
pemberian Teddy sangat indah, serta mengoleskan parfum di pergelangan
tangannya.

Setelah sekolah usai, Teddy Stoddard tetap tinggal, menunggu cukup lama
untuk mengatakan,Ny. Thompson, hari ini bau wangi anda seperti ibu saya,
Setelah murid-muridnya pergi, Ny.Thompson menangis hampir selama satu
jam. Hari berikutnya Ny.Thompson berhenti untuk mengajar membaca, menulis
dan aritmatika. Sebagai gantinya ia mulai mengajar anak didiknya.

Ny. Thompson memberi perhatian khusus kapada Teddy. Selama bekerja
dengannya, pikiran Teddy mulai hidup. Semakin ia mendorong Teddy,
semakin cepat Teddy memberikan tanggapan.

Di akhir tahun, Teddy menjadi anak terpandai di kelas, akan tetapi Ny.
Thompson jadi berbohong dengan mengatakan bahwa ia akan memperhatikan
murid-muridnya secara adil, karena Teddy telah menjadi murid kesayangannya.

Satu tahun berlalu, Ny. Thompson menemukan sebuah surat dibawah pintu,
dari Teddy, yang mengatakan bahwa ia adalah guru terbaik yang pernah
dimiliki sepanjang hidupnya.

Enam tahun berlalu sebelum ia menerima surat yang lain dari Teddy. Ia
menulis sudah menamatkan SMU, ranking tiga di kelas, dan Ny. Thompson tetap
guru terbaik yang pernah dimiliki sepanjang hidupnya.

Empat tahun berikutnya, ia menerima surat yang lain, mengatakan bahwa saat
orang memikirkan banyak hal, ia tetap tinggal di sekolah dan
mempertahankannya, dan segera lulus dari akademi dengan penghargaan
tertinggi. Dia meyakinkan Ny. Thompson, bahwa dia tetap guru yang disukai
dan paling baik yang pernah dimiliki sepanjang hidupnya.

Kemudian empat tahun berlalu dan surat yang lain datang lagi. Saat ini
dia menjelaskan setelah menyelesaikan gelar sarjananya, dia memutuskan
untuk melanjutnkan sedikit lagi. Surat itu menjelaskan bahwa Ny. Thompson
tetap guru yang disukai dan paling baik yang pernah dimiliki sepanjang
hidupnya. Tetapi namanya telah sedikit lebih panjang surat ditanda tangani
oleh Theodore F. Stoddard,MD.

Kisahnya tidak berakhir disini. Masih ada surat lagi pada musin semi itu.
Teddy berkata bahwa ia bertemu dengan seorang gadis dan merencanakan untuk
menikah. Ia mengatakan bahwa ayahnya telah meninggal beberapa tahun
yang lalu dan dia berharap Ny. Thompson bersedia duduk di kursi yang biasanya
disediakan untuk ibu pengantin. Tentu saja Ny. Thompson bersedia.

Dan coba tebak apa berikutnya? Ny. Thompson mengenakan gelang batu
dimana beberapa batunya telah hilang. Dan ia memastikan memakai parfum
yang diingat Teddy dipakai ibunya pada Natal sebelumnya bersama-sama. Mereka
berpelukan, dan Dr. Stoddard mberbisik di telinga Ny. Thompson,Terima kasih
Ny. Thompson, anda mempercayai saya. Terima kasih karena sudah membuat saya
merasa begitu penting dan memperlihatkan bahwa saya dapat membuat perubahan.

Ny. Thompson dengan air mata berlinang, balik berbisik. Ia berkata,Teddy,
semua yang kamu katakan keliru. Kamu adalah orang yang telah mengajari bahwa
aku dapat membuat perubahan. Aku sungguh-sungguh tidak tahu bagaimana
caranya mengajar sampai bertemu denganmu.

Tolong ingatlah bahwa kemana pun kamu pergi, apa pun yang kamu lakukan,
kamu akan punya kesempatan untuk menyentuh atau merubah diri seseorang.

Cobalah lakukan hal itu dengan cara yang positif.
Teman adalah malaikat yang mengangkat kita ke atas kaki kita, saat sayap
kita bermasalah untuk mengingat bagaimana caranya terbang.

Diterjemahkan oleh: Atmo
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