Running Fast

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     When I was in junior and senior high school I took every art class that was available  after tackling the required courses like science and math, which were hard for me.

     Ironically, the teacher who inspired me the most was my biology teacher Mrs. Katzman.  She was tiny with a pixie haircut and large round glasses.

     She gave all the students a great assignment of getting up in front of the class and talking about another species.  I was given the salmon.  

     I worked hard on my presentation.  Mrs. Katzman knew I liked art and she took me aside and told me to conclude my talk with a large drawing of a salmon. "Go knock 'em on their fannies," she told me.

     I wasn't so sure, but I appreciated her encouragement.  I bought a 24" x 30" piece of poster board and drew a very realistic picture of a salmon. I used pencil and the fish filled the entire board.  I spent many hours on it and it came out well I thought.

     The day came to present my report and I poured everything I had into it. 

 I concluded by showing my drawing and talking about all the cool features of a salmon, as if I were selling a car.

     The class loved it and Mrs. Katzman encouraged me to keep drawing.  She quoted a line from "Alice in Wonderland" to me after class and I will always remember it.

     She said, "It takes all the running you can do to keep in the same place.  If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!”

     The she said, "It's the creative people who make all that running worthwhile."

Created: May 07, 2017

Tags: prose, story, non-fiction, school, writing, challenge, teachers, teach

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