Friendly Fill-Ins

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New Friday_Fill-In_BadgeHere are the fill-ins:

  1. The best teacher I ever had was ___________________.
  2. The worst teacher I ever had was __________________.
  3. I recently learned how to _________.
  4. I think everyone should know how to _________.


Here are my responses:

Oh wow, there have been too many for me to be able to choose an absolute best. But, since I have to choose one, I will choose Mrs. Anna Dean Pennington. She was my 11th grade US History teacher. She put something on the board the first day of class and told us to remember it, that it would be on the exam. I did, and it was, and I still remember it to this day. What she wrote on the board was 1588. Its significance was the defeat of the Spanish Armada. She said if we’re ever confused and wondering who won that situation, to think about what language we were speaking. We were speaking English (well, okay, a Southern version of it!) and so that meant England won. I’m beginning to think that this is the one thing that I will remember for life.

The worst teacher I ever had…again, there have been so many. Ordinarily, I would say my first grade teacher Miss Cromer. You can read about her here. However, I will go to my high school years and choose Mr. Gosnell. He was a creep. He would humiliate me in front of classmates in a way far worse than Miss Cromer did. She was just trying to maintain control of her classroom. He, however, was bent on being a pervert. He would pull a chair up to my desk and sit there staring at me, blowing kissy faces at me, and totally killing me inside. This got to me on so many levels. I was painfully shy and introverted. The attention his actions brought to me was unbearable. Then, there’s the matter of a grown man making advances toward a 16 year old girl. I felt violated. Had I told my daddy, he would have killed him. I often think that I should have told my daddy. But, Mama always said never to do anything that would get my hot-tempered daddy in trouble, so I kept it to myself. I don’t think I ever even told her.

I recently learned how to build a stand for top down/from above photography and videography. It is how we record our cooking videos because I’m too bashful and self-conscious to show my face on camera.

I think everyone should know how to read and write. Being able to read opens up so many opportunities. If one can read, they can go anywhere. Books can help us to (mentally) travel to places we have no reason to ever expect to be able to go AND teach us how to do what we need to do to make it a possibility and not just a dream. The ability to read gives us the world!

Please visit our daughter Maggie and her cat Martha over at: Martha’s Daily Mews.

Have a blessed weekend, y’all!

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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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14 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins

  1. Gosnell, now there was a piece of …work. Got to love Mrs. Pennington and Miss Elrod. I love you, my Zing!

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  2. L.M.G. Miller says:

    Thank you for joining in on the Friendly Fill-Ins! I’m sorry you had to deal with a teacher like Mr. Gosnell. People like that have no business teaching children. And I completely agree with #4. I feel so sad for those in the world who don’t have easy access to lessons on reading and writing. I would be lost without my ability to read and write. Have a beautiful day!

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    • Thank you, too. I always enjoy the fill-ins.

      I agree. He had no business teaching children. He was even worse with some other girls I know. He should have been in prison, because he sure put us in one. He taught me to hate that school district even more.

      We are so blessed to be in a country that allows us to learn to read and write. There are so many that are not allowed what I see as a basic right. Like you, I would be lost, too.

      Thank you. I hope that you have a blessed day and weekend, too. 🙂


  3. Comedy Plus says:

    Yikes on that creep teacher. He should have been fired. Creep is to kind a word to describe him.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

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  4. Well, that was really a bad teacher. I had one PE teacher who liked to walk through our lockets when we were changing into our sports clothes… brr.
    Yes, reading is so important, it opens new worlds to us.

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  5. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers except I am sorry that you had such an awful teacher. I think you should show yourself on your videos, but I am the same way and would be too shy. I had reading for #4 too 🙂 Have a nice weekend! XO

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    • Thank you, Ellen. I enjoy the fill-ins very much. Thankfully, my other teachers were not like that one. I think you’re probably right about showing myself on the videos, but even with just showing my hands, I get very nervous.
      I can’t imagine a life without books, can you?
      Have a blessed weekend. 🙂


  6. Talking about your worst teacher made our Female Human remember a mean typing teacher she had who would walk down the row of students and kick them if their posture wasn’t correct. That’s why it’s so much better to be a cat. No matter what position we’re in, our posture is always purrfect!
    Purrs & Head Bonks,

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