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I have a lot to be thankful for. I have my health, I am much happier now that I’m writing full time in a bid to become an author, and wealth, well, that will come.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately of how good my run of teachers has been in life. In particular, I am grateful for the supervision of my senior high school English teacher. She made me feel special and she encouraged my love of literature.

I recently came across the card she gave me after I had just received the results of my final year.

The outside front cover is a reproduction of Renoir’s ‘A Young Girl’. On the inside, in a script that I had come to love reading (her essay comments were copious), is written:

Congratulations on your triumph …

All your talent, determination and spirit have been rewarded…

I feel it has been a privilege to teach you over the past three years. I know your journey in life will take you many places, and it makes me very happy to know our paths have crossed.

Picture: ‘A Young Girl’ by Pierre Auguste Renoir

I thanked her at the time, but that was the thanks of the young and inexperienced. I knew I was lucky to have her, but it was not until many years later that I realised how significant she had been in fostering my confidence.

I have thought of her often.

I have entertained contacting her – to send her a note of thanks – but something has stopped me.

I felt I had to wait until I was an undisputed, well-known, raving success.

Would she want to hear from someone who had not yet ‘made it’?

Well, I hope so, because I’ve decided to write her. But first I have to track her down!

Are there people who have helped you on your journey? Do they know how grateful you are for their kindness?

Write well. Write often.


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  • Violet: Thanks Alannah :) Apologies for not replying sooner: I'm finally catching my breath and the year is almost over!
  • Alannah Murphy: I remember your first post, way back when I had my old Here Be Dragons blog, and I am glad you are still writing. We all find out, sooner or later, ho
  • Violet: Good to hear that Aaron. Good Luck with your work.