I'm enthralled by serendipity, the fortuitous circumstance that changes a life, thereby sending one on a tangent toward a different realization of what's possible. Teachers are often the stimulus of that alchemy.
Lucy Pelletier, my daughter Sabine's English teacher at La Cañada High, has taken her on a magic carpet ride through the labyrinth of knowledge and expression. Einstein tells us, “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.”
“Sabine, why are you so excited about Ms. Pelletier's class?” I asked.
“Dad, she cares about what we have to say.”
Pelletier is a life-changer and her lessons are eternal. Hearing Sabine describe her teacher as inspirational brought to mind my high school English teacher, Brother Raymond. He, too, was a life-changer and brought me from the streets of the Bronx to the imaginative world of literature.