A few days ago Jack at Shipslog wrote about a favorite teacher and it reminded me of some of my teachers. I think teacher Miller was my favorite of all twelve years. We caller her that to distinguish between her and the other Mrs. Miller who lived on the same street. She taught me third grade and if a child told her he or she wasn't feeling well she would take that child on her lap and continue to teaching. Back then most people didn't have telephones and most families didn't have two vehicles so there was no way to get the child home unless he or she was very ill and then I guess the Principal would take them home. My second grade teacher was a close second. I remember she drove a funny little car that had doors that opened out to make it look like a bug. She wore one pair of shoes to drive and then changed into another pair for teaching. One morning I ran out to meet her to tell her that I was an aunt to a baby girl name Bitsy Gail. Then in high school there was the teacher who was teacher in name only. The girls read novels in her class (I can thank her for my love for reading) and the boys gathered around her desk for a sports bull session. In sixth grade I remember the teacher who wouldn't correct the daughter of the principal who cupped her hand and swooped nasty water from the old rock water fountain all over my hair. As a freshman in high school I learned all the English I know from Miss Wise (her name fit). Too bad I didn't have her all four years. Then there was the teacher who had cigarette breath. This was a first in our little country town school. Teachers just didn't do things like that. A Math teacher who had a mental problem and threw chairs at a party when the boys teased him. He didn't last long. At our school we didn't have a choice of subjects, so we took four years of Homemaking. The teacher would take our garments and sew if we told her we didn't know how to do it. I did sew much later so maybe I learned some in that class. I liked it was on the ground floor so when the fire drill bell rang I didn't have to slide down that slick straight down fire escape.