My fifth grade teacher changed the trajectory of my life with one small sentence- "You should run for student council, people like you."
Her name was Mrs. Jordan, and I adored her. She was almost six feet tall.
I once overheard my mother say that Mrs. Jordan wore "city clothes". Whenever I see the pink and gray color combination, I always think of Mrs. Jordan. She used to wear a pink and gray pantsuit with HUGE jewelry.
We didn't know where one might buy "city clothes." We just knew that she did not get her wardrobe at the Kmart like the rest of us. (In Indiana, we like to put "the" in front of store names- The Kmart or The Walmart.)
She drove a convertible.
There were rumors that she -gasp- drank beer.
Shocking to those who know me now, I was terribly shy as a child. I would hide behind furniture if guests came a callin'. I am deaf in one ear and feared not being able to follow small talk so I said nothing.
So...when Mrs. Jordan spoke those fateful words to little ole me, I was shocked. Had I heard her correctly? I didn't think anyone knew my name, much less liked me! I couldn't believe that she saw me that way.
Even if I had zero votes for student council, I vowed not to let down my idol.
I spent the next 7 years on student council. I pushed myself to speak to others- loud enough for them to actually hear me! Now, I just tell people to "speak up, I'm deafer than a doornail!" (another Indiana favorite!)
This tablescape was especially nostalgic for me. I used my mother's pink depression glass, my mother-in-law's old china and VOILLA! There she was.
As I was looking through my camera lens, all that pink and gray made me think of Mrs. Jordan.
I'm a teacher. I'm almost six feet tall. I wear big jewelry. I like my beer. And, according to my son, I am a "really good talker."
|"Pink and Gray with HUGE Jewelry" is so Mrs. Jordan!|
AND...I especially enjoy drinking my beer out of these fancy teacups.