Thank You, Teacher has been edited by Rushi Bhimani.
A little something to thank you, teacher!
I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher, for living well.
-Alexander the Great.
Every one reading this, is blessed in the truest of senses. You can read and comprehend this. You have a teacher to thank for that. The wonderful beings who taught you the alphabet. The marvelous creatures who taught you how and where to use ‘a’, ‘an’ and ‘the’. I want to thank you, teacher, for making me what I am today. For teaching me how to put 2 and 2 together, for taking me to the mystical world of Jack and the beanstalk and for telling me if Johnny had eaten the sugar or not.
When I was young and had just started school, I would cling to my mother’s hand, crying, because I did not want to go. Because of you, I started to like the concept of education. I did not enjoy addition, but you still made me learn it. Today when I solve complex calculus, I remember you and I feel grateful. I find it amazing—the way you taught me to scribble the alphabets to remember them properly. The way you demonstrated how to unite two 0s to make an 8.
I may not be a person who draws too well, but I miss how you made me draw a scenery, where I always put two mountains in the shape of an ‘M’, birds in shape of a ‘V’, a house in the middle, a river across the mountain, sun in the sky, and some clouds. Oh and if I am in a good mood, I might draw a tree near the river. I was six when I drew that for the first time. I am nineteen now, and if you still ask me to draw a scenery, I will draw the same thing.
Remember when you taught us how India fought for Independence, while I was busy drawing mustaches and beards on the faces of Dalhousie and Hastings? Can I get that time back?
I really hated Robert Frost. I didn’t care which road he took, and quite frankly, I didn’t understand it either. You remained extremely patient and taught me the true essence of it. Now he is one of my favorite poets.
Newton may have been a funny guy with funny hair for me before, but then you came in and taught me what wonders he did. When you first told me the story about the apple falling from the tree, I was left stunned in awe and amazement. I was introduced to a whole new world of curiosity, and since that day, I started questioning everything and asked for logic everywhere. Thank you teacher, for waking my inquisitive side up.
My mother taught me how to walk, but teacher, you made me run. You enlightened me about the importance of sports, sportsmanship and team spirit.
It was you who told me that I could be anything. It was you who inspired me to follow my dreams. You inculcated in me etiquette, mannerism and decency. You instructed me to cut my nails and not chew them. To comb my hair and not play with it. It might sound funny today, but back then, this was all a major part of life.
“Builders build, Scientists experiment, Doctors treat patients, Soldiers protect the country. A teacher makes them all.”
-Terribly Tiny Tales
You were not just someone at school. You were my mother, my first teacher. My father, who taught me about tough love. A friend, who taught me the importance of companionship. A rival, who taught me what sportsman spirit is. The bully, who taught me how to stand up for myself. A poor man on the road sharing his food with a dog, who taught me kindness.
Today, I would like to take a moment of to thank all the teachers in my life who have helped me because you deserve more than an “allotted” day. You do not just deserve a day, but an eternity of gratitude.
To those magnificent personalities, I bow down. I don’t know what else to say when I think of them, I can only say is, Thank You, Teacher.
P.S. We know Teacher’s Day is long gone but we were taught to follow the Editorial Calendar, and we decided to abide.
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