I was, after giving the matter some thought, struck by the fact that what’s said by teachers about students seems to be a harbinger of what’s going to come to be. Details seem to be set in stone because they’re in writing, in this case perfect teacherly cursive. I almost got the sense that his teachers were taking their jobs and respective commentary a bit too seriously.
Pete’s reflective of the fact that yes, he has some of these traits. However, they’ve had no adverse effect on his life. Yes, he does have a lot energy. But he has no problem expending this energy. I, for example, have seen him work for great lengths of time on outdoor and indoor projects. As for being agreeable, well, they were right about this. Pete’s a very social guy – people like him and vice versa.
Maybe what Pete’s teachers saw in him was what they perceived him to be like at the time. And perhaps the traits they then presumed to be weaknesses, over time, became his overall strengths.
It must be that the people we meet during the course of our life’s journey shape our thinking. This includes parents and siblings. Pete was fortunate in that he was surrounded by people who brought out the absolute best in him. It could have been otherwise.
We celebrated his birthday by going for a walk on the Hatcher Pass Gold Mint trail, and then we went to the recycling center, where Valley Center for Recycling Solutions director Molly Boyer talked at length with Nancy and Terry about the facility. Then we went to the recycling center plant floor, and took a look at the new baler. Pete could have, but did not talk at all about his being president at the time the new facility was being built. Nor did he yammer on about after, being on the VCRS board. Rather, he talked about facility particulars.
After, we all celebrated Pete’s birthday by eating out at Turkey Red. Nancy, Terry, and I sang happy birthday as the waitress put a piece of flourless chocolate cake in front of him. I think he was pleased that his birthday, a momentous occasion, did not go unheralded.
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