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Never give up, no matter how difficult, teacher said

The letter in The Maui News Oct. 9-10 reminded me of a lesson I learned many years ago. I also grew up in the public education system on Maui.

The year was 1967 and we were all sitting in Mrs. Higashi’s sixth-grade class. I remember the class being after lunch. I don’t remember what subject it was, and I don’t think this lesson was part of her formal lesson plan. It probably came about from a class discussion that drifted off subject.

We experience disappointments and face problems in our lives, Mrs. Higashi said, standing in front of the class. With a continuous stroke on the chalkboard, she drew a large “V” representing a valley. She circled the bottom of the valley.

Whenever we find ourselves at the bottom of the valley, she said, pointing to the chalkboard, we must pick ourselves up and be strong, and walk uphill out of the valley.

“Never give up, no matter how difficult it is!” she sternly told us. We grew up a little bit more that afternoon.

Thank you, Mrs. Higashi. Support our teachers. Go Surfers!

Michael Ginoza

Makawao

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