My dad tricked me when I was a kid. In hindsight, I should have figured out his scheme a lot sooner than I did, but I was a kid, I fell for it. Here’s how it went down… One day my dad led me into our backyard where a massive tree stood enclosed in a large wooden box filled with dirt. Standing at the foot of the tree he pointed at the dirt and said “Tricia, right now this is just a box of dirt, but you’re going to turn this into a garden.
In what seems like a lifetime ago now, I used to work as an Educational Assistant in one of the toughest elementary schools in Oshawa. The principal of that school was an older man named Bill. Bill was in his final years of education and instead of riding off into the sunset in a cushy school, because after all he had earned it, he chose to work with some of the neediest students in the city.