Thursday, May 10, 2012
A tribute to Mrs. Mac
I sat on the couch, put my arms around my 10-year-old daughter and squeezed her tightly. Then I told her that her fourth grade teacher, who she loved so dearly, had passed away.
Her tears came quickly. I felt them dropping on my wrist.
“But Daddy,” Erin said. “She was just teaching my class last week. I don’t understand how this could happen.”
Mrs. Mac (Martha McAlexander) was doing what she loved through Thursday, April 26, in her classroom at Marshall Academy.
The next morning, she called in sick. It turned out to be very serious. She passed away just a few days later – Wednesday, May 2, at age 60.
“Life is fragile,” I told my fourth grader. “We are not guaranteed another second on this Earth. Heaven is for eternity. That’s why we strive to live our lives according to God’s word.
“You were so blessed to have Mrs. Mac as a teacher this year. She loved you very much. Her influence will live with you forever.”
Then I asked Erin to write down her feelings.
My son Andy is a senior at MA. Mrs. Mac taught him as a fourth grader. She was one of his favorites.
I also asked him to write down his thoughts.
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