Biographical Non-Fiction posted August 13, 2022

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A student learns to be a teacher.

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

by Sarah Robin

“Double, double toil and trouble
Fire burn and caldron bubble”
These were the first words from our English teacher’s introduction to Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

 She placed a yard stick in the garbage can and stirred it as she spoke.  Miss Hazel Stevenson was a magnificent teacher.  I am not sure I thought so at the time.  We had  tons of memory work and papers to write every week.  I thought surely she would run out of red ink correcting the stories and poems I wrote.

But we learned!  And I credit her for teaching me to appreciate reading and writing.

Fast forward sixty years. I teach people to play bridge. The double is the most important bid a player can make.  There are penalty doubles, take-out doubles, negative doubles, and more. I always start my doubles class with Miss Stevenson’s chant.  The students learn all of them while agreeing that they are toil and trouble.

My Best High School Memory contest entry
Pays one point and 2 member cents.

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