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Not Lemons, But Apples

by Darlene Hughs Axtell

I am just retiring as a middle level principal after a 30 year career in education. It has been rich and wonderful! My husband was an elementary principal, we have two of our five children already in teaching and the youngest just completed his student teaching and will be teaching 2nd or 3rd grade in the fall. In the meantime he works at a YMCA. An older patron asked him how his student teaching went. My son was lamenting that there was so much more he thought he would have accomplished in this experience than he did. He felt he still had so much to learn and try out and he just didn't have the time to do it all.

The man asked him, "What happens when an apple ripens?"
"Why," my son said, "it falls to the ground."
"And the what happens?" the man said.
"Well, if it continues to lie there it rots."
"That's just the point," said the wise gentleman. "Always stay green and feel you have much growing to do. When you are no longer green you'll just turn into a rotten apple."

Since Dee shared her true story of her son, I thought I'd share this one. I am still planning to work in the area of education. I am grateful to this day that I chose to be an educator and to make a difference in the lives of children. And, I thank God that three of our children are doing the same.

Green Bay, WI

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