Quote of the Day…

There are years that ask questions and years that answer.

Zora Neale Hurston

 

So what will this year bring?
Questions…
or answers.

It seems to me that I still have questions left in the queue…
from decades of living.
Still scratching away looking for answers.
To the why.

Questions that have diverted…
And led me down new paths…
Or retraced old ones.
Piling hopes upon hopes
Continuing, still, to persevere…

I was often admonished in the classroom for asking too many questions.
Ever curious, my hand shot into the air asking for clarification.
All the time. Quietly. Waiting my turn.
Which sometimes didn’t matter…
My 9th grade Spanish teacher, Señora M., did not appreciate my curiosity…about how to translate verbs, why the feminine or masculine was used. Why anything.
Stop asking so many questions! she finally instructed. In front of everyone.
After a while I kept my hand down.

My high school English teacher encouraged questions. For the 3 years I was a student in his class. Blessings to you Mr. Marston.
Lucky for me he answered every one. Including the correct usage of it’s and its. “A lot is a piece of land” he’d repeat over and over; cringing at the use of alot of this and alot of that in our weekly theme assignments.
(auto correct doesn’t like it either. He would have been pleased).

I apologize across the universe to him that I still resort to alot…but not alot very often. I remain grateful for his patience. And assuring me…yes I would be safe at college after Kent State. And yes, I was smart enough to succeed. He nudged me down that road. In the direction I needed to go…all those years ago. Answering my questions.

Maybe I am finally winding down with all the questions.
Perhaps 2019 will be the year of answers…
And new destinations…
if I pay attention.

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This post inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #31: Destination

11 thoughts on “Quote of the Day…

  1. That’s it! Paying attention to answers. 🙂 I too had an English teacher who inspired me with answers, even though I rarely asked a question or maybe never, but I listened as I doodled.

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  2. “It’s not the answers but the questions that matter,” one of my profs used to say – something that has stayed with me. A questioning mind must never be bored. Love this piece. Curiosity is a natural characteristic of the brain, note how teachers stifled it in you. Keep questioning, and thanks for this provocative post.

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  3. Love this piece! Asking questions, pushing (slightly) for answers and learning to let the information come to you in time . . . through writing 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

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