When Mrs. Quidor bid us farewell at the end of third grade, we were distraught because not only were we leaving her, she was leaving our school. I couldn't imagine Lewis and Clark Elementary WITHOUT her, and I wished I could transfer to Hawthorne Elementary WITH her. I knew she'd be teaching FIRST grade, and I'd be starting FOURTH grade, but at least I could drop by her classroom to visit.
As she hugged us each goodbye, she slipped cards into our hands. Inside each was a picture of her in cap and gown, a testament that she believed in life-long learning. Not surprisingly, she penned also the enclosed poem as she often did. I've kept it all these years.
God was very kind you see,
When he gave you to me;
To love and teach from the start,
In discovering secrets of your heart,
In this never-ending field of learning.
Watching you daily unvold the beauty of God's gifts,
Was an answer to year of my soul's yearning.
Knowing the secret gained in sharing this art of giving,
Is to help others enjoy the fun of living.
Renae's teacher from 1954-1957