• Cheryl Therrien

    That is a wonderful story. It brought a smile to my face and tears to my eyes. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Thank you. The story was a pleasure to write and share. It was also rewarding to have had that as a part of my life’s experiences. 🙂

  • Dan Meyers

    Susan – such a wonderful story and a great reminder of the importance we can play in other’s lives.  Sometimes it’s easy to overlook that ‘one’ person you can help when you see a world full of people who need so much help!

    • I couldn’t have said it better. We go about our daily lives without consciously knowing what it is we do that may affect an other, be it good, bad or indifferent. 🙂

  • Jnjm62

    I loved this story of Frankie some teachers are just gold and others not so much you are one of the gold ones and Frankie was lucky to end up in you class…..

    • Thanks for the compliment. Actually, I felt I was the lucky one to have had Frankie as my student (and teacher). 🙂

  • I’ve had some excellent teachers. Our physical training teacher, Mrs Vincet, taught us never to give up (I was a sickly child and not good at sports). I shall remember her for this, forever. 

    • There are some wonderful teachers out there. It looks like you were lucky enough to have had one along the way. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. 🙂

  • Kay Lorraine

    I am not a teacher and I don’t have a life-changing story.  But I will say that I had a few good teachers along the way (unfortunately, only a few — but I think things are better nowadays). One of my favorites was Mr. Miller who taught English and Creative Writing in high school.  He was one of the few teachers I knew who had a sense of humor and was not afraid to show it.  I learned a lot from Mr. Miller.  Because I liked him, I cared about doing well in his classes and wanted to please him with progress.

    To this day, I don’t write a single posting for my own blog without thinking, “Would Mr. Miller approve of this?”  

    I like to think that he would.

    Kay in Hawaii

    BTW:  I love your artwork that accompanies your blog post.

    • How lucky you are/were to have had a teacher to inspire you. It is really fun to hear how Mr Miller’s influence resonates with you still today.

      You are an amazing writer. One I know he would be proud of and would enjoy knowing he had made a difference.

  • Steve Tracy

    Hi Susan!  

    This is a great story…thanks so much for sharing.  I’m sure the day Frankie returned to personally thank you ranks up there with one of the more fulfilling…how cool!

    Impact on others is a beautiful thing.  We don’t always receive the satisfaction of seeing tangible results, but just believing you are helping others can go a long way.

    Awesome work…writing and mentoring.

    Stay well, Steve

    • It is a great memory and one I hold as a highlight when I was a teacher.

      You are so right. If you are given evidence that you have made a difference it helps to spur you on knowing that, just maybe, we can and are making a difference.

      Thanks for the praise. I very much appreciate your kind words.

  • Your story brings tears to my eyes. When I was young, all I wanted to was to be a teacher. My parents were teachers too. But life took its turns and I am a dental assistant and a craft blogger. 
    Really glad that Frankie has learned his basics.

    • We are all teachers in some way. By showing a kindness or helping someone in whatever fashion we are able can provide an unexpected reward. You, by helping others as you provide good dental care and giving others ideas to enjoy and share with your blog provide something that you may not recognize as valuable. Know that it is. 🙂

  • Craig Davidson

    It’s amazing the difference one person can make in another’s life.  Frankie probably would have ended up like his father, if no one had faith in him, or gave him the attention you did.  This is an inspiring story!  Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much for your kind words. Lessons often go both ways, if we are paying attention. Frankie taught me that if you really want something, even when the odds are against you, you can make it happens. It makes it easier when you have someone in your corner to cheer you on and to support you. 🙂

  • Shirla Vergara

    You have been truly blessed…it isn’t often when we’re given the opportunity to see the fruits after planting the seed.  Interesting how the perception of a “problematic child” can appear so daunting to the environment…thanks for revealing that you can’t judge a book by its’ cover.

    • I couldn’t have said it better. It is so easy to make a snap judgement because of what we see at a particular moment in time, one I am guilty of at times. I was given a rare blessing, that if I just looked a little deeper I could see something I may have missed. In this case, that knowledge could and did make a difference. 🙂

  • Cyndi

    I love this story. I have had a couple of Frankies in my life, too. I adore them and am grateful Facebook has allowed me to remain in contact with them. Thank you, Susan, for saving Frankie.

    • How very luck you are to have had a few Frankies in your life and to have been able to stay in touch with them to watch them grow.

      I am so glad you liked my memory. In many ways Frankie was as much a teacher for me as I was for him.

      Thanks so much for visiting and leaving your thoughts, it is very much appreciated, 🙂

  • Sosha Lewis

    Extremely touching story. There are so many Frankie’s in the world…I just wish there were more teachers like you. Thank you for sharing this story. It reminds us that we never really know what is going on with someone until we take the time to learn. Great job!

    • That is so true. Sometimes we actually have the opportunity to see how we have impacted others. My experience with Frankie taught me to never assume that we can’t or don’t make a difference, because we just never really know.

      Thanks so much for visiting. 🙂

  • janna_chin


    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story! It was heartwarming to read and a great reminder for us all that we can make a difference in people’s lives everyday just by caring =).

    • Thanks so much for your comment.

      I agree. We just never know when something hits home and the true affect it has. Often we aren’t there to see it. I take comfort in the fact that if I truly strive to do the right thing, then it will make a difference somehow in someway.

  • I’ve had a few former students who told me my favorite phrases about change being the only constant in life and that life isn’t all sunshine and rainbows stuck with them as a reminder that you just have to keep on going with things get rough in life. That’s meant more than anything I accomplished in teaching writing and literature. As for the few students who went on to be English teachers like me… bless their souls 😉