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Elvedine Wilkerson's Autobiography (submitted 5/13/06)

Lesson From A Dog Biscuit

Little Richard sang Tutti Fruitti. I watched Gunsmoke on T.V. Sugar Ray Robinson was the World's Boxing Champion. But I know it happened in December, 1955, because Mrs. Edith Congo Lovett, my fourth grade teacher at the Reynolds School, was telling us about Rosa Parks getting arrested.

For whatever reason, I passed Milkbone dog biscuits to Betty, my best friend, while Mrs. Lovett told us about Rosa Parks.

"How dare you eat in my class," Mrs. Lovett said.

As the twitch in her cheek twitched faster, she took the biscuits out of our hands. I trembled. Betty cried.

"These are for dogs," Mrs. Lovett said.

Before I could tell her the biscuits were for Betty's dog, Mrs. Lovett said, "You can't eat these even if you're hungry."

Betty and I had to stay inside while Mrs. Lovett took the class to recess. I folded my hands to stop them from shaking. Betty whimpered like my dog, Tag.

When Mrs. Lovett came back into the room, she gave Betty and me a circus wagon box filled with animal cookies. Betty and I ate our "punishment" and laughed as we went outside for recess.

Whenever, I see Barnum's Animal Crackers, I think about the concern, comfort and education that Mrs. Lovett gave me. I have fond memories of Mrs. Lovett.

This moment in my life inspired me to become an educator. Mrs. Lovett thought Betty and I were hungry so she took care of our basic needs as well as our educational needs. I share this story with new and experienced educators to encourage them to build positive relationships with their students.

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