On Monday, Jamie and I pulled out the old rocking chairs and talked about teachers that had made an impression. I remember most of my teachers from Grade 1 through 12!
I graduated in 1980!
At Lumsden High School, our grade twelve classes were about 30 students strong. The graduating class maybe 50 students! Graduation was in the fall. If you didn’t pass, you weren’t at ceremonies. Summer rolled on as we waited for our marks. Some knew exactly where they were bound, they had received their letters of admission from universities around the country. And then there were the rest of us, just kind of bobbing along in the open waters.
Thinking back to 1978 to 1980, I can’t remember ever talking to friends about what they planned on doing after we graduated. Today those thoughts came back to me when my former Grade 7 teacher popped into 620 CKRM!
Attending school in the 70’s, I was much like a lot of farm kids, you dream of doing things that take you anywhere, as long as its not a farm. (Now I question, “how can I reconnect with farm activities?”)
I knew what I wanted to do, but no guidance councillor could offer me the advice on how to become a Recording Engineer!
I guess the next best thing was to enter into a broadcasting career! Jump ahead to 31 years! May 10th is the anniversary of the 1st radio job I obtained.
In all those years of being on the air, I’ve enjoyed some pretty amazing things and been able to increase my knowledge of the business on the sales and management levels. Times they are a changing, digital enhancement and other things will put you behind the eight ball if you don’t keep up.
Sometimes its nice to have those reminders of a younger self. It puts into perspective what kind of individual you are.
With the encouragement of his wife, Karen, Doug Bradford came to 1900 Rose Street, Regina to say hello. I had seen Doug at a funeral service in Lumsden earlier this year, but didn’t have a chance to say hello. He hadn’t changed, neither have I!
It was so wonderful to know, that he has kept a running tally of us.
I think as a teacher you are vested in your kids and you want to see them flourish, perhaps knowing that you are part of their success.
I’m sure we could sit down and go through the entire student roll-call. Doug would know where students are, I would know where friends are and realize that going to a school the size of Lumsden was pretty cool. You weren’t just a number or a warm body, the teachers actually cared about your career path. Perhaps as a student, I needed a bit more clarity of what the whole “school career” was all about! (Reference: Uncle Buck – Career Student!)
I was an okay student; attentive and engaged. I have been able to check back at my grades and compared to that of my siblings, I was doing pretty good!!
Like any of us, we tested boundaries from time to time! But in the end, I was as proud as punch to have my family attend graduation in September of 1980.
That success then and as I was reminded today, comes from my teachers.
Thank you, Doug Bradford for caring about us now and as you did when you were 34 years old! A gentleman that still encourages people to do good things.