Every Saturday, join me as I CELEBRATE This Week
with Ruth Ayres from Discover. Play. Build.
In the 50's, there was a show called This is Your Life. They would chose a celebrity and surprise them with people who had influenced their life.
I only know the show This Is Your Life from watching Sesame Street when I was little. Here's an example of their version of This Is Your Life for the character Forgetful Jones.
Here's a clip from when Dick Clark was on the show in 1959! It's so fun to watch and gets me choked up.
This Is Your Life celebrates the power of connection between people. Seeing others and honoring the miracle in each of us contributes to the dents we make in the universe. I've heard these people referred to as balcony people and marigolds. Whatever we call them, they see us. And it makes all the difference.
Today I'm celebrating one such person. Ms. Bacigalupi - now Mrs. Zimmerman - was my freshman and sophomore high school English teacher. I got to have coffee with her over spring break. In my head, it felt like a mini-This Is Your Life. We talked about books and writing and teaching and it was so great to see her, especially considering books and writing and teaching is my life now.
If they ever decide to bring back the show This Is Your Life and for some crazy reason bring me on the show, there would be tons of people who have believed in me over the years. I'm so so so lucky. Maybe there are people who have influenced and believed in you!
What are you celebrating this week?
Who might you celebrate?
THIS is your life, so celebrate!
I've got (virtual) confetti at the ready.
Thanks for stopping in to explore with me!
So fun that you got to spend time with your high school English teacher! I would celebrate Mrs. Dinsmore, my junior high French and Social Studies teacher who encouraged me to dream and followed up with letters to me while I was in college.ReplyDelete