Memory Lane Friday is a weekly blog hop where you can blog about your memories and link up. All are welcome, and this week is a no theme week. Next week I'll be starting a series going through the school years - each week will focus on a different year.
My spring semester of my sophomore year at Baylor I took the class English Literature Since 1877. I had taken it's predecessor the semester before, taught by a bitter old woman who kept the temperature of the room on 50* and told us not to bring any drinks while she chugged one Dr. Pepper after another throughout the class. Rumor had it that she was on probation for flunking too many students. I don't doubt it - her tests were asinine and asked irrelevant questions like "What was the name of Sir Gawain's horse?" As much as I had always loved English, her class made me hate it. So I was wary in taking the sequel.
I was uncomfortable sitting in the small wooden desks, because I'd recently been bucked off by a horse, landing on my tailbone. It messed up my back for a 3 month stretch, and sitting in hard wooden desks caused pain to shoot up my spine. But Mr. Thomas's lecture style allowed me to ignore that pain. He was in his late 60s or early 70s, short with soft grayed hair and a mild manner. He reminded me of my own grandfather (who adored poetry himself) so much that I started to eagerly anticipate his classes. It was an early morning class, and while other students would snooze, I would listen rapt as he read poetry - Browning, Tennyson, and Keats. I will never forget the morning he read from The Lady of Shalott. His voice was as soothing as a massage, my mind would tumble into a world of beauty and admiration through his soft words. Mr. Thomas allowed me to leave behind the evils of my previous semester of English and rediscover the joys of the written word. I will always be thankful for that, and to this day I have never found anyone who could read poetry as beautifully as him.
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