My students are presenting part of their personal hero quest as the oral part of their final. They had to write a letter to a mentor and explain what we’re doing in class with the monomyth and tell their mentor what they’ve learned from them and from this process.
I was surprised at how many students wrote that letter to one or both of their parents. The words were heartfelt and real and I hope that they will heed my notes to share the letter with the mentor they wrote it to. Those parents, grandparents, siblings and friends would be moved to tears by what I heard this week.
Many of the quests shared such personal moments of tragedy in these young lives and how this mentor encouraged and helped them through it. From the mom who stepped in to coach so an FFA judging team could judge their way to nationals, to the number of single moms who’ve made life as best they could for their children, to sisters growing up close and the pain of separation as the older one headed off to college and marriage, to my young joy-filled girl who wrote about an abusive father and the step-father who now loves her as his own, to the dads and coaches who pushed these kids to their best, and right down to one of my hardest to reach students who wrote of her unbelievable journey to believe in herself. Wow.
They could all do with a horse in their lives.