As I thought about Ida and her courageous story in Flygirl, I thought about one of my own teaching experiences. It was a time when I lost confidence in my own drive and determination and missed out the beauty of one chance experience. It was originally published on the This I Believe website in 2009, not under my pen name, Alexandra Caselle, but published under another name. I write and publish my blogs, fiction, poetry, and memoirs under my pen name, and all of my social media sites are under that pen name as well. On this blog, I plan to write new stories on my teaching experiences, but I thought it would be a great story to share in connection to Flygirl.
Here is the link to that piece: http://thisibelieve.org/essay/57577/
Think about how Ida’s persistence and courage influenced other characters in the novel and also adolescent readers.
Have you ever had an experience in which you influenced someone or missed out on the opportunity to make an impact on someone?