Before I was a lawyer I was a teacher.
I loved teaching.
I felt called to it.
I was passionate about it.
I could hardly imagine ever doing anything else.
And I was pretty decent at it.
How I got from teaching to lawyering isn't a particularly long story.
Or a very interesting one.
I miss teaching some days.
But not every day.
And I remain inspired by those who taught me and those I taught with. One man in particular. He's an award-winning, National Board Certified English teacher in San Diego. He is beloved by his students. And he just finished his (first) book. I read the original draft, but I haven't read it in final form yet. I just bought it, though. And you should, too.
It's called Meetings at the Metaphor Cafe.
The coming-of-age story is told by four high school students contemplating what it's like to live in post 9-11 America. Maddie worries for her father, whose been deployed to the Middle East. Mickey is afraid to tell his parents that he does not share the dream they have for his future. Rhia is reeling from her father's decision to abandon her family without warning. And Pari must face the difficulties of living as a Muslim woman in America. Brought together by their English teacher, Mr. Buscotti, these four teens gather at the Metaphor Cafe, where they learn from each other that as long as they keep their minds open and their eyes focused on their True North, they will never be lost.
You can buy a copy of the book here (and support one of my all-time favorite teachers and mentors): https://www.createspace.com/3399875
Oh, I forgot to tell you his name. Robert "Bob" Pacilio.
And please, spread the word . . .