Updated: Feb 6, 2019
Had I listen to my grade 2 teacher I wonder what my life would have ended up looking like. My dad liked to move. He would buy a house fix it up and then sell it. My mom always made the new place a home for us kids.
I went to eight different schools from kindergarten to grade 12. I started in an English school and then changed to an all French school in grade 2. My parents spoke French to us kids, but I never learned how to read or write it before that year. I was already behind the other kids and that year I failed grade 2. Yes, we failed school if we didn’t have good marks back then.
I remember going to the last parent teacher’s day with my mom. I still remember sitting in a chair beside her and listening word for word as to what the teacher had to tell us. They were talking about me, so I was listening closely. The teacher told my mom that I was going to fail and would have to repeat grade 2. She also suggested that it would be best if I go to an English school. Right in front of me she also said that I would not be smart enough to go into University when I got older. When you are a kid and you hear that you are not as smart as the other kids in your class, it doesn’t sit well with you. It bothered me for a long time after that.
I did go to an English school and never failed a grade from that point on even with all the moving I did. I had many wonderful teacher in my life that encouraged me and helped me make some of my dreams come true. In another blog I will tell you about one special teacher I had who helped make one of my childhood dreams come true.
Throughout all of my years growing up I still could hear my teachers words that day. You are not smart enough to go to University. Inside me there was this small voice that would say to me, you are going to go someday. I will show her, and so I did. Those words that day could have held me back in life. I was a student at the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg and Universite de Saint-Boniface. I even went to Red River Collage. As a matter of fact, I love to learn. You see I have the student Archetype. I will never stop learning.
Was there someone in your life that told you you were not good enough? Drop me a line below. Let’s hear from you. We all can learn from each other.