Saturday Centus – Wk#110 – Prompt: You could have had it all… – 106 words – “I Did”

11 Jun

You could have had it all. You were in a high paid job and on the track to fame and fortune yet you threw it in to become a teacher.”

An elderly man smiled weakly at his nephew, “Riches aren’t always measured in wealth and fame.”

“But what has it given you?” the nephew asked.

Smiling, “Read some cards.”

There were many to choose from as every spare space had been taken up by them. The nephew started to read…

“To the best teacher in the world.”

“You were there when I needed someone.”

“Okay,” the nephew agreed, “but you could’ve had it all.”

“I did.”


Posted by on June 11, 2012 in 2. Saturday Centus


10 responses to “Saturday Centus – Wk#110 – Prompt: You could have had it all… – 106 words – “I Did”

  1. Karen S.

    June 11, 2012 at 18:20

    Some people may never get the difference between what they think and what we think is having it all….different strokes for different folks right!

    • Ross Mannell

      June 21, 2012 at 09:25

      Thanks for the comment.

      This story has a little influence from my life. As I was an earlier user of computer technology in education, I had been offered higher paid positions in computer companies and jobs in other states as a consultant in computing but rejected them. I loved to be with my class and saw my success in the smiling faces of the children in my classes. I wold never swap those experiences. 🙂

  2. Sue

    June 12, 2012 at 00:01

    My sister is a teacher, and she feels much the same way. She really changes kids’ lives, and they let her know it on a regular basis.

    But oh, I wish she got paid what she deserves.


    • Ross Mannell

      June 21, 2012 at 09:29

      Thanks for the comment.

      I taught children from 4 to 12 over the years for around 30 years. Success for me was seen in the faces of the children in my class. The problem with the salary was by my 7th year teaching, there were no further rising apart from those granted to all teachers. The experience accrued but the salary stalled. This didn’t worry me because I loved what I was doing.

      The educations systems of the world rely on the dedication of teachers who love working with children.

  3. Viki

    June 12, 2012 at 02:00

    That’s a sign of a very good teacher who knows there are more things valuable than money. Loved this.

    • Ross Mannell

      June 21, 2012 at 09:31

      Thanks for the comment.

      As a retired teacher, some of my fondest memories come from former students letting me know how much they had enjoyed the time in my classes. Success isn;t always measured in terms of the amount of pay. 🙂

  4. anita

    June 15, 2012 at 08:38

    Awesome! I love this perspective and I’m grateful for those who have made these kinds of choices in their lives!

    • Ross Mannell

      June 21, 2012 at 09:32

      Thanks for the comment.

      Dedication and a love of a career can matter more than high salaries for many. We need only look at nursing to see this in action. 🙂

  5. Anonymous

    June 26, 2012 at 02:32


    Is there any immortality more powerful than being a positive force in young lives?

    This was wonderful.

    Some people really, really, really have it ALL!

  6. Jenny Matlock

    June 26, 2012 at 02:34

    Is there any immortality greater than the one we create by leaving a positive mark on young lives?

    This was a wonderful reminder of what is really important.

    Thank you, Ross.


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