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Granddaughters Are Special

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 28, 2018 20:47

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Twenty years ago plus, I was blessed with two wonderful grandchildren. One of them was a girl. Watching her mature and find her own niche in teaching has given me reason to be extremely proud. At the moment she is growing closer to becoming a grade school teacher. Being witness to this happening has convinced me that our genes carry us in the direction our lives should take.

Some twenty years ago plus, I received a wonderful surprise. My son's wife had given birth to fraternal twins. One was a girl and the other a boy. In light of this, I was a grandmother for the first time.

As the years have passed, I have watched them grow into two very wonderful human beings, and although I live very far away, they are both integral to my life. My granddaughter's name is Shannon, and she and I correspond often. What is so remarkable is that she is presently on her path toward becoming a teacher at the elementary school level, having not yet determined the specific grade she wants to teach. 

Both my father and I followed our own course of action, and it would seem that our genes do carry us in certain directions. Not unlike men such as Mozart and Pavarotti, she is somehow genetically predisposed to teaching, as they were to music. 

I was fortunate to teach college age students at the university level, and my father taught American History in the New York City high school system. He taught night school as well during the Second World War, helping individuals who had come to this country to escape Hitler's madness.

Presently, my granddaughter is well on her way toward a teaching career, and every time we communicate and I hear that she has taken another step toward the completion of her dream, my heart fills with pride. Was it simply her choice to teach that has meant so much to me? That would seem to be enough. However, there is much more about this unique young woman that gives this old lady a sense that there is still hope for the world that lies ahead. 

Her student teaching has been a further indication of the contribution I know she will make. She worked in a classroom where the students were from underprivileged families, and it gave me enormous happiness to hear that she felt so good about being able to aid them in growing into the kind of people who understood that they had an important endowment to make to our country's future. For me, granddaughters are special.

Having spent so many years as a college professor, I honestly believe that teachers, regardless of what the age of their students may be, do influence the direction humanity takes toward the world's betterment. This young woman will undoubtedly be a world changer, and her innate kindness and intelligence speak to what I find extremely rewarding. 

She is characteristic of those who understand what really matters, and my dream is to stay around to hear that she is teaching her own class and helping students to grow into the kind of individuals who can be part of the changes humanity needs to pursue. I know that there are others out there who see what I confront in the daily news, and my granddaughter continues to give me hope that miracles may still happen.

 

Marlene Geiser

Posted on February 28, 2018 20:47

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