“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”

I had an early appointment this morning, and I was stunned when I went outside. The air was so humid I had trouble getting a deep breath. Nothing moved: not a leaf, not a branch and not a bird. Even they were quiet. I jumped into the car and got the AC blasting just so I could breathe. This humidity has to stop. We need a dry day. Even one dry day would make all of us happy and much less grumpy.

The sky goes from sunny to cloudy. I actually have no preference. I wish the cloudy meant rain, but it doesn’t and hasn’t.

After I learned I couldn’t be a priest, I decided to be a teacher. Professional women in my younger days were generally teachers or nurses, but I didn’t know I was bound by these choices. I just figured you could be whatever it was you wanted to be, and I wanted to be a teacher. These women were my heroes. They had such power they could bring me back to attention with a single look or word. They also had these amazing talents like being able to see behind them, identifying whisperers without looking up from their desks and writing straight and beautifully on the blackboard. That was the one I envied the most. No matter how hard I concentrated, my blackboard writing tended to angle up so high I almost couldn’t reach it, and the letters were so cramped you couldn’t read them. Teachers always knew all the answers. Stump the teacher was a game doomed to failure. I knew by the time I was ten that I would be a teacher.

I started college on the teaching track but got sidelined junior year. The law grabbed me with such intensity that teaching faded from my memory. I saw myself as a female Perry Mason confounding my Hamilton Burger with legal tricks pulled from my magician’s hat, tricks which always showed the innocence of my client and exposed the guilty.

Senior year I applied to law school and to the Peace Corps, even got an offer for a teaching job, but it was the Peace Corps pulling me. It just seemed the right thing to do: to give a paltry two years for the life I’d had and the opportunities I’d been given. When I was accepted, I was so joyful I wanted to run up and down the streets announcing my good fortune to the world. I was also accepted into law school but decided to defer if I could for the two years. I could, and I did.

I taught for those two years and couldn’t imagine spending my life doing anything else. I never went to law school though I still think Perry Mason and I have a lot in common. Instead, I chose to teach, and “…that has made all the difference.”

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6 Comments on ““Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.””

  1. Hedley Says:

    And somehow in the middle of all this you ended up down the Sacred Croc pool in Paga, slinging live chickens at the “amazingly domestic” residents that have never harmed visitor nor villagers.

    Its a bit of a jump from Perry Mason to Croc Wrestling Gal, but I will go with it….the live chicken…..not so much

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I figured the chicken kept the croc interested in poultry, not me. A bribe goes a long way no matter the species.

      I made the best decision of them all, the chicken notwithstanding!

  2. Bob Says:

    For a very short moment in time I also thought I wanted to be a lawyer. Fortunately, my love of aviation brought me to my senses. To build my flight time to be employed by an air carrier I began flight instructing and found it much more rewarding and challenging than flying trips watching the autopilot fly for hours and hours.

    Cloudy, cooler and little rain. A high temperature of only 88 but very humid.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      Teaching I’m Ghana was a challenge and I loved every bit of it. That’s when I knew what my passion was. I just had to teach.It was the best decision.

      Still humid here!!

  3. olof1 Says:

    I’ve never wanted to be a lawyer but I think I would have been good as someone as Cannon instead 🙂 🙂 I almost have that body shape anyway 🙂 🙂

    Cool, cloudy and drizzly here today, the predictions said sunny and warm so I’m not complaining 🙂 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I would have liked questioning witnesses. I think I would have made a good lawyer.

      We just has thunder and lightning and tons of rain . Henry barked and howled at the thunder then went to sleep.

      Have a good day!


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