The Write On Edge prompt for this week was simply the word “mentor”. Now those of you who’ve been around for a while and already know a thing or two about me, might have suspected I would write about Lil’B and my mentor-ship with him. You might be surprised that my relationship with him is not the first thing that popped into my mind. Those of you who have really been around for a while, I think I might have written about this experience once before and if this is old news, I’m sorry.
Do you have a mentor, or are you a mentor for someone else?
Now write about an experience with your mentor (or the person to whom you are a mentor) that shows us what that relationship means to you.
500 words maximum, please. And remember, this is a non-fiction prompt.
My family moved three days after my seventh grade year started. I walked into the school office where I was enrolled in the school and given a class schedule with mere minutes to spare before the tardy bell on my first class and the secretary told me how to find my first classroom. Somehow I was expected to make my way from class to class entirely on my own after that. I really don’t even know how, but somehow I managed to get from one class and classroom to the next that morning. And I either managed to do it without ever being tardy, or I looked sufficiently shell-shocked that my teachers had pity on me that first day (I never had detention.)
Finally, after my third class of the day, it was time for lunch, or so the NCR copy of my class schedule told me. The problem was, unlike the rest of the line items of my class schedule, this item listed no room number other than “CAF”. It seemed simple enough though, I would follow the rest of the students in my class. Surely we would all be going to lunch at the same time. Surely we would all be going to the same place. Only it wasn’t just my class in the hallways. And it wasn’t just time to wander to the cafeteria for those who were in the halls and very soon, I lost track of the heads I was following as they bobbed through the crowd.
I found myself back in the hallway near the office, completely lost. I held the grubby paper in my hand knowing that I was supposed to be in the Cafeteria, but having no idea where that was, when I heard a voice form behind me. “Are you lost?” she asked. I turned, expecting to look up at the teacher but surprised to look her straight in the eye. She looked grandmotherly to my twelve-year-old eyes, with curly hair and big square framed glasses. After pointing me toward the cafeteria, which happened to be just down the hall and sending me on my way with a pat on the back, I was grateful, but thought little else about the kindly woman who had helped me.
I ate my lunch as quickly as I could, having spent half my lunch period looking for the cafeteria, then made my way to my next class, Music. Lo and behold! I walked into the kindly teacher’s classroom. Music very quickly became my favorite class of the day and I spent many afternoons after school in that classroom, helping clean up and organize.
The next year I spent my first class each day as a student aid. I chose the music teacher as the one I would assist. Though my family lived only a few blocks from school, I was always a few minutes late to class (some things never change) – and yet, I never had detention.