I’m in here somewhere, Mr. McHugh among the pills, the pain, and the self-pity. You mentioned that I had not blogged since the beginning of the year and he came to check out the heap of bones still sputtering with the resemblance of a past life of working in unison with all parts having their assigned place and proper movement status.

Now the well-tracked bones have skipped off track, fractured and are looking to be cement and or restrung. You think she is spouting nonsense, but I assure you not at all.

I am suffering from vertebral stress fractures of the back due to Osteoporosis and the pain has been horrific. Take your calcium supplements and don’t be a know-it-all like me. Not me I am fine, but I am not.   I am paying the price and worried about how long this will continue.

In the meantime let us get on with blogging. Thank you all for asking that I return. I have to climb the stairs to get to the computer a built in exercise perk.

I just received this note from a student from years ago. How lucky I am to read these words. What powerful healing medicine.

Dear Remembered Teacher.


You may not remember me but you were my fourth grade (1997) teacher at Calvert Elementary. I came across your Facebook page and thought I would say hello. I am now one semester away from graduating college and of all the teachers/professors I have had, you are one of the most memorable.

I remember making polyhedrons, dream catchers, Indian rain dances, pancakes but mostly I remember reading. We read so many books for a fourth grade class and its sad to say, I don’t remember reading more than five or six as a class until I got to college. I truly enjoyed my time in your class and have always remembered it as “the class that read over 20 books and learned about the birds and the bees.” I hope all is well.



15 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nuala ryan
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 13:06:04

    Wonderful signs of healing, dear friend. You are a trooper!

    Congratulations on the beautiful piece written by your past pupil.

    Will see you soon.
    Enjoy some sunshine.


  2. Joyce Hopping Rettela
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 13:51:17

    Sheila, what a nice comment from your former student. It is very gratifying to receive one, and at such a time when it can inspire you. Yes, all take your calcium. I say to the youngsters, “don’t smoke” after seeing how it ended Mac’s life. Thankful for the wonderful 26 years of memories though. Take those stairs and take care, long time ago classmate.


  3. Mona Gustafson Affinito
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 14:53:30

    What a lovely comment!


  4. Brendie
    Mar 09, 2017 @ 16:18:06

    Wonderful to see you back on your blog and know the future holds many more inspirational message for all your family and loyal friends!!!

    Welcome back my PAL😎


  5. institches2008@yahoo.com
    Mar 11, 2017 @ 09:27:31

    So glad you are blogging again.  I missed you.   Reene


  6. Jan Slasor
    Mar 12, 2017 @ 08:53:36

    I am also very happy to see you back blogging! What a lovely note from a former student! I wish I could have been in that class!XXOO


    • Sheila Clapkin
      Mar 16, 2017 @ 09:05:01

      I HAVE LOVED ALL OF MY CLASSES, SOME MOR DIFFICULT THAT OTHERS, BUT LOVED JUST THE SAME.Now so many of them are on Facebook. What fun and what a joy to see their lives unfold and their families grow.


  7. Sheryl
    Mar 13, 2017 @ 03:43:29

    Welcome back! I’m sorry to hear of your health problems. It sounds like you’ve had a rough winter. I’m intrigued by the picture you used to illustrate this post. I like how you combined the drawing with medical imagery. What a lovely note from your student. I wish that my children had had you as a teacher. Your class sounds wonderful.


  8. Sheila Clapkin
    Mar 16, 2017 @ 09:07:01

    Sheryl, you are ever so brilliant and wonderful and a blog from you is a joyful experience. I WANT TO THANK you for your sharing. Thank you.


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