DEAR ABBY: I am 29 years old and have been reading your column since I was 10. Becoming a high school teacher was always my dream. I graduated from college with a degree, but not in secondary education. I needed to begin working full time to support myself, so I never considered going back to school to certify.
Because I admire the field of education, I offer this tiny contribution for teachers everywhere:
I will teach your child to read -- if you teach your child to have an open mind.
I will show your child how to solve a math question -- if you show your child how to solve his/her problems.
I will tell your child about war and its aftermath -- if you tell your child to treat others with equality.
I will introduce your child to Shakespeare -- if you introduce your child to others he/she may not now understand, but will come to respect.
I will point out the many places on the globe -- if you point out that the world is open to him/her.
I will explain the stars and planets -- if you explain how your child can surpass them.
I am able to teach your child some things, but TOGETHER we can teach your child everything and help your child to grow. -- VERONICA M. DE CRESCIO, CROYDON, PA.
DEAR VERONICA: Something I've learned over the years is that when people feel they have a calling, they should follow it.
It's never too late to realize your dream. With your degree, perhaps you could begin working now as a substitute teacher. There is a great need. It could serve as a giant step toward getting you back on track. Please consider it.