We sat on the sidewalk.
Mrs. Rosalinda Cordero and I just came from the house of a classmate, Patty Tadifa, who was nursing a high fever during that week. Patty was our main school participant for the 4th grade District Science Quiz Bee, I was her alternate for the said contest. On that day, it was evident Patty won’t make it to the contest, which was the next day, because of her physical condition.
As we sat on the hot cemented corner, Mrs. Cordero told me I have to take on Patty’s spot for the contest. She told me I have to step up. Of course, it is obvious she had no choice but me. However, she spoke as if I can win it. At this young age, I’ve never listened to someone who believe in what I can do and in what I can achieve. Even with the noise of vehicles and people passing by us, I can hear her words of encouragement and her confidence in me.
She motivated me that when I came home I revisited all the review materials and past contest questions she gave to us. It maybe too late but there was something on that sidewalk which gave me the drive that I can spell a difference tomorrow.
The next day, at about lunchtime, I was rushing to our classroom to inform my classmates I won the Science Quiz Bee.
I’m writing this not because I won. Win or lose, I know I already won.
For a teacher, my teacher, gave me a vision of the heights I can reach, that I can achieve more than what I can imagine.
For Mrs. Cordero, sat with me and gave me the faith that I can stand up to anything.