James Flynt died last year. He was the Social Studies teacher that I had in 6th grade (I was about 11 years old) and when I saw him just a few years ago, he still remembered me. Not only did he know my face but he even remembered my name! It made me think of some teachers that I really liked: Mrs. Faye Pemberton, Miss Elizabeth G. Sanders, Gwen Ellington and Jane McDevitt. I had some bad teachers but I have erased them from my memory and it is only the kind ones, the ones who really cared about their students that I remember. You may read Mr. Flynt's obituary here. It states that he was a retired educator and taught in Rockdale County for his entire career. It SHOULD state that he was the most patient of teachers, trying his best to make a certain girl learn the difference between latitude and longitude! I have a fond memory of him softly saying, "Those lines are just imaginary, Kay"...and that just brought to my mind the image of the entire Earth teeming with life and love. The lines are just there for us to measure and make sense of things.
You might think me corny to have the song "To Sir With Love" on here but it is appropriate. I also had Mr. Flynt as a teacher a few years later, when I was 13 years old, so you see, from crayons to perfume...that is just about right!
Lulu starred in the movie "To Sir With Love" and sang the title song. (You can guess that I loved that movie!) Lulu is still going strong, by the way, she just released a new album this month!