Over the years I taught about 3000 students in this area. I have lost touch with about 99% of them. Two former students live across the street from me. One of my former students is a city councellor. Many of them are teachers so I keep in touch with them. One former student came back to the same school and taught with me.
One student I was reminded about today is Ricky.
Ricky was a tiny little guy with a face full of freckles and lots of wild unruly red hair. His lips were flapping all the time. Ricky liked controversy. He was right in it immediately when any disagreements occurred. Ricky had a few problems when it came to debate. Quite often he was missing information on either side of the issue. At other times he misinterpreted things and at other times he was just plain wrong.
Today I accidentally found myself on a local history face book page. Ricky was on the page. Our school had too major fires and one smaller fire. As usual Ricky did not know about one of the fires. That didn't stop him from talking about the fires.
So on Ricky's face book page it shows a bald man so he's lost his unruly red hair. It shows a short rather chunky man.
So there you have a little twerp almost 50 years from his time in gr 7. Some things change and others never change.
It was good to see Ricky again even if it was only on face book.