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08 October 2010 @ 03:56 am
My old high school English teacher, Mr. Dufault, is going through a difficult time. His mother just passed on and he's working through all the hassles that go along with modern-day death, all while his heart cries behind his strict façade.

I had him for three years of high school and very much wish I had had him for the fourth in-between. I don't say it lightly when I say that I love him; he was a gruff father-figure through my high school years and though I wouldn't have shown it through my first two years, I've always been very fond of him.

I'm also friends with his daughter, one year older than I, from when she came on the trip to Salem with our class. We walked through Salem and spoke all day; she told me the wonders of college and art school (RISD) while I offered anecdotes of her father-the-teacher, a side she didn't see daily. Through my Facebook relationship with these two, I've also seen much of Allyson's mother--Mr. Dufault's wife. She is incredibly loving with a great sense of humour (as one would have to be to live and love Mr. Dufault, chuckles). His son is also a riot.

I don't particularly do prayers by the limited definition, but I do keep people in mind and try to consciously send my love. If you could join me in keeping Mr. Dufault and his family in your mind/heart and send some white-light thoughts their way I would very much appreciate it.

I posted a message on Facebook and have had many comments, especially from ex-students. We all love Mr. Dufault! Grumpy old git. Hopefully his family and sense of humour will get him through this as well.
101mutts: chalice101mutts on October 8th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's lovely that you can keep in close contact with him and his daughter. I miss him!

I have vague memories of him telling us about a funeral and he couldn't stop making stupid jokes and laughing, which he thought showed his immaturity and discomfort with death.

I'll certainly keep him in my thoughts.