Last February, barely more than a year ago, Sue, Jessica,Valerie and I went to San Francisco for a weekend with our friends, Mark and Cindy, to see Wicked the Musical. The story is that of two college-age girls coming of age, and explores our perception of what it means to be wicked or good. It's a good story, the music is terrific, and I recommend it to you if you get the opportunity to see it.
As the story progresses, the two antagonists -- the "good" witch, Glinda, and the "wicked" witch, Elphaba -- are saying goodby to each other, and they realize they have deeply impacted each others' lives, and they sing one of the memorable signature songs of the musical, "For Good."
"Who can say if I've been changed for the better?
But, because I knew you,
Because I knew you,
I have been changed for good."
Because I Knew You Click here and then click to play the first audio/video.
This is really the best we can hope for -- that we have impacted the lives of those we encounter and that they can say we changed them for good, and for the better. A lot of teachers are privileged to be in this category, and for sure this is true of Sue -- as a teacher and as a friend. She doesn't have a lot of friends for no reason. This evening she called me and was deeply touched by her friends and teaching partners at Pinedale Elementary School, who are planning to honor Sue and her contribution to the Pinedale Elementary School community in their upcoming year book. She wouldn't be prouder or more honored if she'd won the Nobel Peace Prize.