In my experiences there are always more good people in this world than bad. Always, and if you think someone is bad, they are just anxious, give them more time and they will almost always surprise you. My dad would often say look for the helpers. He would tell my brother and I, “look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping” during the times of tragedy and he was right. To this day, especially in times of disaster, I remember my dads words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers; good teachers and so many caring people in this world.
Thanks Greg for letting me win at tennis a few matches and great choice for BBQ after in Plainfield. With your full beard, your quick wit, & your vast amount of knowledge you would pass onto me during our post high school relationship, you often remind me of Robin Williams the professor in Good Will Hunting.
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."
I hope you are enjoying the retirement life in California & you still use your favorite word kum·quat, I think of you whenever I see that orange fruit, a tennis court & live music.
Thank you Greg for being a great teacher, friend & mentor.
"A good teacher must be able to put himself in the place of those who find learning hard."
On days you had to separate us because we were distracting you from teaching your lesson, we say Thank You for having patience. On days you dressed up in costume in an effort to reach a single student we say Thank You, you touched many more than just one. For the nuggets of wisdom you continue to share with Rob and I as adults almost 20 years later, we say Thank You Tony.
Below is a short video from my high school English teacher Mr. Jim Coventry who was a huge influence on me growing up. When he taught, he created & demonstrated reciprocal energy 15 years ago when I was a student. Reciprocal Energy is sharing (hopefully) a good attitude, actions and behaviors with the people around you. When we saw Mr. Coventry with a good attitude, often times we as students had a good attitude ourselves.
Thank you Mr. Cov for all you did & continue to do, you are an amazing inspiration to hundreds and hundreds of young men and women and we are lucky to have spent the time with you that we did. you are a real MVP.