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There is another story that goes along with the dream that I will share with you. Alice came into my life about 30 years ago. She was responsible for introducing me to my first teaching job. The summer after I graduated from college, I was working at a country club as a swimming coach and pool director. Alice was one of my best swimmers, about 15 years old, and getting ready to start high school. She was always hanging around the pool and loved assisting me with various jobs. One day Alice saw my college graduating tassel and asked “what high school did you graduate from?” I smiled and said that was the tassel from my college cap. Of course, she wanted to know what I had studied in college.
After sharing with her that it was physical education and health education, she said her mom was a teacher at a nearby school that needed two physical education teachers. You can imagine my surprise when I heard this because it was August, and my walls were now plastered with rejection letters to jobs I had applied for around the country.
I had decided to join the Air Force and was supposed to go to the recruiter either that day or the next day. By joining the Air Force I decided I could pay my way and make an income, at least at that point in my life. Alice said that her mother was playing golf, and maybe at lunch I could meet her and talk about the jobs.
Within 48 hours of talking with her mom, I had a job. It was all because of Alice and the sharing that we had done. I am eternally grateful for that conversation all of those years ago that started me on the way to a tremendous life in education and coaching. Now here we are 30 years later and I am waking up from a dream that once again envisions this young lady. This time she is expressing extreme sadness in her life. This time I have an opportunity to help her.