I’ve always loved learning and mostly enjoyed school. I connected with and was inspired by my teachers for the most part.
I attended 3rd grade in Redding, California. My teacher was a redhead named Miss Nathan, a strong, young woman. She was so pretty to me and I’ve always loved red hair (probably due to watching Pippi Longstocking?).
As a quiet and shy child (really it was introverted and highly sensitive), I was more the observer in class. I watched and paid attention.
One day, we played a guessing game. Miss Nathan chose a number. If we guessed correctly or closest to the number, we would win a jar filled with candy.
The jar was huge! This would be heaven for my sweet tooth! I really wanted to win!
Our guesses had to be between 1 and 100. We all went around the room giving our numbers. I tried to strategize but I didn’t know how to do that. I have no idea what number I gave.
When the last student gave his number, there was tension and excitement in the air.
What was the number? Who would win?
Miss Nathan announced the number. I was soooooo far off! Who was the winner?? I cannot recall.
However, I’ve never forgotten that number and the impact that game had on me, so much that it became my go-to number for things, my favorite number, and that number is 3.