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THE GIFT OF TEACHER NORA
THE GIFT OF TEACHER NORA

THE GIFT OF TEACHER NORA

Dear highriselines, It feels good to finally share my story to the world.

I grew up in an orphanage home, this was not because I had no parents. My mother had me when she was a teenager, about 17 years old.

She was still a freshman in college and had no funds to take care of me as she struggled to get through college. Her parents were farmers and earned not enough to take care of her tuition through college. She worked as a waitress at night while she went for her classes during the day time.

She met a young man who regularly came to the restaurant where she served as a waitress. At first, she just saw him around coming regularly and she served him from time to time but as time went on, they began to talk to each other after her work and the two bonded quickly. She fell in love and one thing led to another and she became pregnant with me.

She was horrified because she didn’t know how to take care of herself and the unborn child because she was barely getting by.

The man that got her pregnant denied the pregnancy and called her a whore who slept around with men for money. It was too hard for her to take in. Here was the man who had claimed to love her, denying her and the unborn child. She was devastated but she decided to terminate the pregnancy. After she had given birth to me, I was put in an orphanage.

When I was later to reunite with her in my adult life, she confessed that she felt guilty when she had to put me in an orphanage. She had lied that she saw me lying helplessly somewhere and decided to bring me to the orphanage.

All through my stay in the orphanage, I was a quiet, withdrawn child, finding it difficult to partake in activities like other children. I had terrible self esteem issues and I kept to myself all day long.

I always thought that something was wrong with me and that I was not supposed to be there. After a few years, a good family came and adopted me as theirs. At first, I was happy with my new family until my foster father died when I turned 12 and my foster mother died too.

I was labelled the unlucky child, I was criticized and silently blamed for their deaths but my foster father had died from a car accident and my foster mother probably died from the heartbreak of the death of her beloved husband because I could tell that they loved each other so much.

I was transferred to another home and this affected my schooling. I had to change school and step back an academic year. I was still the quiet, withdrawn child and I avoided social contact at all costs. Sometimes, I was bullied for always being by myself. It was difficult for me.

I didn’t know at that moment that I was in depression. I woke up every morning with zero zest for life and wondering what was wrong with me. I asked myself a lot of questions.

Why was I an orphan? Why did nobody like me? Was I cursed? Why did my first foster parents die? Was it because of me?

I was a walking hopelessness and lived in my dark little world until I was 15 and a fine young teacher came to my school.


Her name is Nora. She was always smiling and had a way with us students. Even the hard headed students loved her because she managed to find her way to their hearts

I always stayed back after classes to help teacher Nora with her packing and most of the time, I would walk her to her car and bid her bye as she handed me a sweet or a gum and drove off waving at me with her permanent smile on her face.

One day, as I waited for teacher Nora after the school period was over, I was helping her pack our assignments that she was going to mark at home when something fell off with a clicking sound. I bent to pick it and it was a locket.


She saw the locket and smiled at me as I looked at it curiously. She opened her hands as I handed it to her. She opened the locket and it was a picture of two older people; a man and a woman. The woman looked a lot like her.

She told me it was her parents and that they were both dead. Her mother had died as soon as she gave birth to her. And her father had given her the locket when she was 5 years old, just before he died. She had stayed in an orphanage home all her life till she became an adult.

I had tears in my eyes as I asked her if she didn’t feel too unlucky, like the tiniest little bit but she shook her head.

I told her how I was an orphan and how my first foster parents had both doer and that I felt like the unluckiest person in the world

She told me something I would never forget, “We all have a choice to live the rest of our lives like our best lives and we shouldn’t let the things that we cannot control stop us”

Teacher Nora may not have known it but she gave me a gift of hope, change and a new zest for life that I was not used to having.

From that day, I decided that if teacher Nora could smile through her problems and did not feel unlucky then so could I. I began to smile a lot more and to enjoy what I already had

A few years later, I met my mother by a twist of date and we became reunited. I forgave her and did not stop being the happy, positive person I was from the time I met teacher Nora.

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