First off, I want to say sorry.
Sorry because I wasn’t there when you needed someone to talk to. Sorry because during your most troublesome times I wasn’t able to comfort you, to say the least at least call you and empathize with the passing of your wife.
I’m sorry because I didn’t have the courage to let you know how much you have influenced my life. Perhaps, it is out of the norm that a man is embarrassed to tell another man how much he means to him.
Sir Rodel, the moment you stepped into the classroom when I was a young kid starting high school you have sparked something in me. A fire that burns inside me until now. A fire that screams to me, “LIFE IS A NEVER ENDING SCHOOL. SO LEARN FROM IT!”.
You had that distinct teaching style where even the dullest of brains can understand the most complex of lessons and topics.
We’re a class of seventy (70) stubborn students but each one of those naughty and dull heads was ever eager to have your English Language class of your Aesthetics class. There was never a boring class with you. Every day we come out of your class with our hearts full of happiness and our minds beaming with the knowledge that you have imparted.
Those were precious memories I will keep until we meet again.
Sir Rodel! The last time I spoke with you was as inspiring as always. We did not see each other for years and it was out of the classroom but you were still that person to me. Ever believing in me, ever learned and wise.
You gave me the most precious of advice as always. Sir Rodel you felt the envy towards other people in me without me saying it and so you said; “My son, you are a good person and a very smart boy.
I believe in you and I know you will achieve so much because youth is on your side so look not on the success of others but focus on what you what to achieve and be happy about it”! Those are the words I started to live by until now and for the rest of my earthly life.
It’s been 5 years since you passed away. If only I had known you were battling a stage 4 cancer. If only I had known the last time we talked we the last we’ll have on earth I could’ve given you the tightest hug I can give and tell you how much you have influenced my life. Oh! My regret my dear sir.
Nevertheless, my appreciation and my love for you stays the same. Wherever you are right now, THANK YOU SIR RODEL.
THANK YOU Sir Rodel! MY TEACHER, MY MENTOR, MY FRIEND…
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