Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Mr. Lynch - A True Story

I got this wonderful Mr. Lynch story from Laura Canfield:

I will never forget the time my good buddy Karen Bolinski and I headed to the Wyoming Valley Mall in her “new” pre-owned car. I am not certain how many prior owners Karen’s little white streak had, but it was the only car I have even been in with a manual choke on the dashboard. But hey, we were in high school, we had “wheels,” and the world was our oyster!

Our chariot stalled in Wilkes-Barre, leaving us stranded on a dark rainy night during the age before cell phones. Karen remembered that Mr. Lynch lived close to the neighborhood and bravely made her damsel-in-distress way to a phone booth (remember when coin-operated phones used to be on every corner?) to call Mr. Lynch. Fortunately for us, Mr. Lynch was home and—true to his character—said priceless magical words to Karen, “I’ll be right there.” Like a scene from a fairy tale—or more likely Room 222 or To Sir With Love—our beloved teacher and now knight-in-shining-armor started the car and had us safely on our way.

Mr. Lynch shared with all of us his love for literature and the English language. But like a true teacher and gentleman, his actions spoke even louder than his words in teaching life’s true lessons. Although I may never have developed his same love for Ernest Hemmingway (sorry Mr. L :-), I take Mr. Lynch’s teachings with me in life.

Hemmingway is quoted as saying,” As you get older it is harder to have heroes, but it is sort of necessary.” A special thanks to James Lynch for being a timeless and true hero—and for the life lessons he taught us all.

Mr. Lynch, now that you have given to the world, it’s time to give to you. I wish you all the happiness in retirement that you so richly deserve.

I loved that story. If you have one that you'd like to share, please send it along to me and I'll see that it gets posted here.


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