Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Mrs. Nichols was more than a teacher, more than a librarian, and when I met her as a grade 3 student, I was immediately amazed at how kind, how smart, patient and altruistic she was.
Besides reading to us, showing us how to use the library, and all the fun word games she would have us participate in, she taught us to be honest, fair citizens at an early age, simply by example.
Many times I would ask to go to the library for information, on sharks, planes, …stuff that 9 to 12 year old boys love, and without asking she would walk over and ask “what are you working on Ricky?” and made you feel that your trivial project was the most important, interesting thing to her.
Over the years, after catching up with Jamie, I would reminisce and tell him all my fond memories of his mother. I was absolutely devastated when he told me that the smartest person I ever knew, was slowly fading due to Alzheimer’s disease.
My heart pours out to Jamie and his entire family for their loss. There will never be anyone quite like her and she definitely made a formidable, positive impression on my life.
I will forever find moments when I’ll be doing something and she’ll pop in my mind, with her twinkling smile, and hear her asking me “what I’m working on.
I love you Mrs Nichols ❤️