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“That’s it! I’m not buying another one. I’ve told you a thousand times that I am not replacing that television if it goes out. This is it. You will just have to find something else to do to occupy your time.”

Our mouths hung open. All five of us. My siblings and I looking at the dark screen  in disbelief. Our television was gone. The bulb had blown out once again and my mom was convinced that it was because we watched entirely to much television!  This time it would not be replaced. My mom was a lot of things, but wavering was not one of them. If she said it she meant it.  Mom  was not replacing this television. At least not for a very, very, very long time.

As we children stood looking at each other bewildered and shocked I knew one thing for sure. I knew that my life as I knew it was over. What I didn’t know, was that a much better life was on the way.  Although I didn’t realize it at the time, my better life started that day. The day my television died and I said, “well, I guess I’ll l just go read.”

That day, which I perceived at the time to be the worst day of my life, was truly the best day of my life. It was the day that  led to my life as an educator, lifelong reader, leader, and learner, who is always questioning, learning and growing.

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