My name is Phoebe Gillespie, and while this isn't the most orthodox way of saying what I want to I'm going to take what I can get. I was in your class in 2000 over at Niagara Park, and its okay if you don't remember that, or me, you've had far more many students than I have had teachers, but I just wanted to stop by. Thankyou for being so inspiring and helpful, thankyou for the way you read storm boy, for the way you made us understand, thankyou for the turkish delight that wan't very nice, but made Narnia that much more real of a place for us all. Thankyou for the friday afternoons that took us all outside to just be kids, when life itself would will us to grow up far too fast. Thankyou for telling me to follow my dreams, and providing me with everything I needed to realise exactly what they were. I hope that you are still living yours, but what I have read seems to tell me that you are. Some people don't really think that a year four teacher can have that much effect, especially ten years later, but I wanted you to know its not the case. I just wanted you to know how grateful I am for the chance you gave us all, and for the life you helped to build for us all. So thankyou Mr. O, a million times thank you.
Oh no Phoebe! I have just discovered this beautiful comment now, in August, six months after it was written. I hope somehow that you get to read this. Yes, I do remember you, absolutely. I have really special memories of that class. To hear you so fondly remember those days too brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much. I remember you as a lovely ten year old girl with a gentle heart & a big smile & a sparkling intelligence; a girl who loved learning, loved books & dreamed of being a writer one day. Just to read your words tells me that your heart is just as open & generous & that you still have a way with written words. Your little note of encouragement & gratitude is the loveliest thing I've ever been given in all my years of teaching. Thank you a million times too, old friend. I still believe you can do great things Phoebe Gillespie. I always will.