Monday, August 07, 2006

I'd like to thank the academy ...

Name three people who have significantly impacted your life, either as a mentor, teacher or source of inspiration.


At 9:55 AM , Anonymous Zoodle said...

I really like your questions Punky. I don't often comment but they sure make me think!

At 1:40 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) My mom, who was a single (divorced) parent before it was common;
2) My wife, who challenges me and supports me (and loves me) on an ongoing basis;
3) My 4th grade teacher Mr. Worth, who told me he liked me, and was the closest thing to a father figure I had that year. When you are a kid, sometimes the smallest things can make a big difference - something I try to remember daily with my own kids.


At 1:32 AM , Blogger cmrdin said...

My Mother, she was the most loving and giving person I have ever known, she found good in everyone. She taught me how to be strong and independant and how to love.
Sr. Grace, she taught me how to appreciate reading and express myself through writing.
I know this is not a "third" but all my closest friends who have shared and taught me so much about living and life in general.

At 1:40 AM , Anonymous Sallyacious said...


It's not a lack of love. In my case (and I don't think I'm alone here) it's taking you and the question seriously enough that I am thinking hard about it.

1) My parents. They were determined from day one that their children would be independent and strong and self-reliant. The fact that I was a girl in some ways made them more determined, I think. My dad taught me all about car maintenance. I could change a tire, the spark plugs, the oil on the car I had in high school.

My mom passed along what my husband calls her "benign disdain for convention." She's a rebel, goes her own way when it suits her, and she raised two children who are creative, independent, critical thinkers. We have a very low tolerance for stupidity, but we usually find a way to respond cleverly and creatively rather than cruelly.

2) Dave. He celebrates who I am and what I do, he doesn't just tolerate it. His unconditional love for me and the joy he takes in being with me have given me the freedom to be myself more completely in the ten years we've been together than in the preceding 28.

Coming up with another one is tough, though. I've had lots of helping hands along the way, but very few personal encounters that "inspired" me. And no mentors. I think that's why I am so determined to be a mentor myself. Because it sucks trying to scramble up the ladder on your own.

So I'm going to think some more about this and then get back to you.

At 4:30 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

I'm here... but this one's a toughie.

1. Mr Haase, my intermediate teacher. He love kids, loved to teach, and at a time when I was struggling to find my way, he believed in me, encouraged me, and gave me more chances than I deserved. One day, when I get the chance, I hope I'm able to tell him exactly what that meant to me.

2. This is an odd one, but Mr X, the aub-human who abused me when I was a child. I don't really want to thank him, but I know that I learned more about myself, what I'm capable of, what I'm worth, and what I can come through and survive during counselling than I would have dared to figure out on my own. It's not the recommended way for testing your personal mettle, but it happened, and while I can't change it, I can control how I let it affect me.

3. ooh... a third one is tough. I'll say my grandmothers. They were complete opposites, one very old-fashioned, traditional, conservative, and the other a hell-raiser of the first water. They taught me all the most important things.
Love and family are more important than material possesions.
Be open and honest. Answer any question asked of you truthfully, except for questions about Christmas and birthday gifts.
Family will always love and accept you, but if you've done something wrong, you should and will pay the price. Your grandmother will make sure of it if no one else does.
Bullying you into looking after yourself is a form of love.
Have a sense of humour - you're going to need it one day.
Talk about it - secrets breed fear and hurt.
There's nothing so awful that a cup of tea won't make it better.

At 8:29 AM , Anonymous Jeff Meyerson said...


At 8:53 AM , Blogger Leetie said...

1. My college roommate, Dawn
2. JU
3. My daughter

In order of appearance. :)

At 1:54 PM , Anonymous kingw said...

1) My mom, for giving me loveeven when I did not deserve it.

2) My third grade teacher Mr. Morningweigh. First adult male influence I remember. Dad was in the army so he was gone alot in the early years.

3)My Uncle Marty, he taught me about integrity.

At 3:34 AM , Blogger Kafaleni said...

Thanks Jeff.. I went a little deeper than I meant to. There's a lot of good that came out of it all, so I'm not as upset as other people are upset for me. Funny how stuff like that works.

At 10:36 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

the love of my life - i know how corny - but it is so true. he has brought out a better side of me, a side that i knew existed but didn't know how to let it shine. and it continues to come out more and more every day!

my friend, deb - yes another corny and corky think but who cares. she has shown me how to be strong and not take shit from people. she has shown me an inner beauty in me that i never knew existed. she has impacted my life in ways that she will never know that she has.


my 8 neices and 2 nephews - why? cause they are hold the core of my heart. i would and will do anything for them and they all know that. they have impacted my life to the point that whether or not i ever have children - i know that i will always have them to lean on for a good laugh, for a hug when i need it the most, a smile that warms the entire heart - they are just amazing - every day - absolutely amazing.

At 10:44 AM , Blogger Higgy said...

My old history professor, Dr King. A funny and gentle soul who listened well.

Rick T - my old retail manager - he taught me a lot about myself by introducing me to "Please Understand Me" and the Meyer-Briggs profiles.

My son Owen - he's impacted my life more profoundly than I'd have ever thought possible.


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