The Power of Words - An Inspirational True Story About a Young Man


The Power of Words - An Amazing Story

It was in the 1970’s that I met a young man with brown wavy hair, sad green eyes and a mouth that never seemed to smile. His name was Edward and he stood a little over 6 feet tall. He presented a mood of quiet, shy and almost pitiful demure.

Edward had enrolled in a music theory class that I was teaching at a beautiful CaliforniaCommunity College located in the small, sleepy town of Moorpark. Beautiful green rolling hills landscaped the small College and the newly built music department was constructed in a complete circle. I was proud to be on staff, offering a variety of music classes after working very hard to attain a teaching degree.

Being a single parent of three children was a mixed blessing. They were the light of my life and reason for getting out of bed each day, but struggling to feed these adorable three and going to school to get my teaching degree was about the hardest thing I had ever done. But – I did it.


Meeting Edward

The first day of class as students mill around as they decide which seat to take is always interesting to me. Some are confident and more aggressive than others, claiming the front row for themselves. Other, less confident fill up the middle section and the back row is usually reserved for the shy students, and even for those who do not want to be here in the first place. This is my own observation and there is always the exception.

It was hard not to notice the only six foot boy, Edward, as he walked into the classroom a few minutes late and positioned himself in the back row. He slumped into his chair and lowered his head with his arms folded across his chest in a defying manner. This would be his general entrance into class for the remainder of the semester.

As weeks progressed and tests were given, Edward did not do well. He managed to turn in homework which was marked way below his ability level with my notes. He never participated in class discussion or offered to answer any questions.

To my knowledge, he had no friends at school. Sometimes, during lunch, I would see him sitting on the grass, under a tree, munching on a sandwich and staring into space. On occasion, I would allow myself to join him on the grass and see if I could start up a conversation. I had this gnawing feeling that I needed to know him better, but at the same time stay professional and not allow myself to get involved.

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Listen to Your Heart, Not Your Head

Edward rarely talked to me or to anyone. He would nod his head up and down or side to side for a yes, or a no. Never-the-less, I continued to take an interest in Edward in hopes that he would open up to me.

Edward missed to many classes and when he did come, he carried himself like an old man as though he carried the weight of the world on his shoulders. However, one morning, as class was ending and students filed out, Edward shot me a quick glance and I swear that I saw the beginnings of a smile appear.

The more positive interest I showed in Edward, the better his grades became. The semester was winding down, finals were about to begin and I worried about Edwards reaction to his final grade. He was the last one to finish his final exam and as I waited, I said a silent prayer for him. I so much wanted to be able to give him a good grade.

In those days, I had a reputation of being a strict, but fair grading instructor. I also had the largest enrollment in the music department. It was important that I live up to my reputation. Yes, indeed.

Finally, Edward finished his exam and he looked completely worn out and defeated. I wished him good luck and told him I would be giving out the final grades on Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m.

My thoughts continued to lead me to Edward and the final exam that he struggled with. I had trouble sleeping that weekend. Somehow, I knew that the grade that I would give him would be a turning point in this young mans life.

My Meeting with Edward

Tuesday morning finally came. I made breakfast, fed the children and helped prepare them for school. There was a mountain of laundry , dishes to do and beds to be changed before I headed out for my classes. None of that seem to matter. I was a teacher and had a responsibility to hand out final grades today. And Edward was no exception, He would be given the grade he deserved. Maybe he needed to learn the biggest lesson of all – to be responsible for his own actions. I felt good about my decision.

I sat in my office looking at the long line of students waiting to come in and receive their final grade.. I allowed one person at a time to come in, take a seat, close the door and prepare to be “judged”. After each student left my office, I would take a peek at the line to see where Edward was. After an hour or so, the line became shorter and still there was no Edward. I began to worry. Did something happen at home to delay him? Was there an accident on the way to school? Maybe he was stopped by a policeman? Perhaps he is sick.

The last student in line met with me, received their grades and left.

Where is Edward? Shall I wait a little longer? Am I fooling myself ? He is not coming. I decided to lock up my office and go home. I had done all I could. But something deep within continued to gnaw at me. I felt sick to my stomach. My eyes filled with tears.

What is wrong with me? I took some deep breaths, sat back and closed my eyes. In front of me lay the papers, the final exam for Edward. I had not decided what kind of grade to give him. Well, it didn’t matter as he didn’t show up anyhow. I looked down at the exam with his name printed on it and saw an imaginary D as his final grade.

You're an "A" person

I got up from my chair, gathered my things, closed the office door behind me. As I reached for my keys to lock up my office, I heard footsteps approaching me. I held my breath as I turned to see Edward standing behind me. He apologized for being late and asked if I would please give him his final exam and grade. I hesitated for a few seconds, then cautiously open the door and asked him to have a seat.

He looked just terrible. His eyes were sunk with dark black circles under them and the hollows of his cheeks were drawn. His swollen lips were cracked with dried blood in the creases. His skin was pale and his hair matted. He was wearing the same clothes he had worn for the last few weeks.

“Would you like some water?”, I asked him. He replied “No thank you,” as he sat trembling. Then he spoke to me for the first time.

“I know that I am getting a low grade on my final. I realize that I have not been participating in class and that I am an embarrassment to others. I am lazy, selfish, stupid and an ugly no-good-for-anything person. I have no place on this earth and what’s more, no one can ever love a person like me. I am a hopeless case with absolutely no future”.

I could not believe my ears. I wanted to interrupt him, to convince him that he was none of these things. Instead – I let him talk. I listened with my heart and not my head. I fought back my own tears to manifest my strength and professionalism.

When he had finished, I faced him, looked directly into his very sad eyes and said, “Edward, your final grade is an A”. His reaction was one of total and complete surprise. “You are giving me an A? Me? Why would you give me an A when I did such a poor job in class, on my assignments and on my final exam. Why would you do that?”

My answer to Edward was this. “You may appear to be a D student, but you are an A person. I believe in you now and I will always believe in you. I am here for you now and I will always be here for you. Never, ever forget that. Now, go and create the life you dream of. Believe in yourself. I will be watching. And by the way Edward - I love you”

In all my years of teaching, I have never graded a student this way.


The Goodbye Note

Later that evening, as I prepared to go to sleep, I began to question what I had done.” Did I make a terrible mistake? Had Edward filled the room with lies just to win me over and get a high grade? Had I been had? Was my level of compassion playing tricks on me?” Finally, my exhausted mind and body gave way to a deep sleep.

At 3:00 a.m. the phone rang. In a fog, I tried to sound alert as I answered it. The voice on the phone asked me if I were Edwards Music Theory Teacher at MoorparkCollege. I told him yes and waited. “I am a priest from Edwards’ Church and I have something to tell you.” “I want to thank you on be-half of Edward’s family and myself for saving his life today.”

The Priest went on to explain to me the events leading up to this phone call. Edward has an older brother who has always been angry because he is short in height, although scholastically a high achiever and excels in sports. This brother has always been extremely jealous of the 6 foot frame of Edward and has belittled and verbally abused Edward most of his life.

This treatment has caused him to have severe low self-esteem and a miserable existence. Edward thought of his brother as his hero and wanted desperately to please him. I am not sure what role the parents played but I get the impression they were wrapped up in their business and had little if any time for the boys.

Treat Everyone as Though They Are an A Person

The day that Edward came to meet with me regarding his final grade, he had left a note on his pillow. It read: “ I am sorry that I could not be the kind of son and brother you wanted me to be. All I ever wanted was to be loved. I am sorry for being unlovable. I will go now…you will find me in the closet.” I am sorry for any inconvenience I have caused you. Please have my body cremated. My small savings is in the top right-hand drawer of the dresser. “

Edward wrote that note prior to meeting with me. His plan was to see me one last time before taking his own life. When I gave him an A, told him that I believed in him and that I loved him and would be here for him, something changed within himself.

He had never heard those words before and it gave him something that we call hope. He left my office feeling positive and uplifted for the first time in his life. He felt so good, he decided to take a long walk in the surrounding hills and relive the confirmation he had just heard. He was loved…yes, someone in his useless life loved him and believed in him. He forgot all about his plan to do away with himself.

Meanwhile, his family found the note, went to the closet in Edwards room where they found a rope hanging from the rafters.

His closet was carefully prepared as the last thing he would see before dying. A large photograph of his brother was mounted on the wall, in view, from where the rope was hanging.


Give Others a Word of Hope

Oh, the power of the spoken word! We never know but what we say and the way we say it might completely change someone’s life.

Edward re-enrolled in my Music Theory Class the next semester. He worked hard, tutored other students in the class after school 3 days a week and this time passed his final exam100% and got a genuine A+.

Today, Edward has a beautiful wife and 4 sweet children. He is a successful Dentist in Southern California and donates his spare time to abused children, helping them to find love, acceptance and hope.

Many of the most important and life-changing moments of my life have occurred during times that I have been a teacher. The lessons I have learned have formed my character and shaped my destiny. Without them, I would be a very different person and in a very different place than I am today.



Words are the keys to the heartA Chinese Proverb

"Words have the power to destroy or heal. When words are true and kind, they can change the world." Budda

Never take people for granted and never assume someone knows how you feel or what you think. They’ll only know for sure when you tell them.

Profanity is for those who lack the creativity and intelligence to otherwise express themselves.

Practice saying kind words to others by first saying kind words to yourself. Audrey Hunt

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

This is a tremendous hub and so inspirational. I'm so glad you were there for Edward and your words change the course of his life.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Fiddleman - Thank you dear hub friend for being the first to comment on my new hub. I shall be visiting your hubs very soon.

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Judicastro 5 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

You have no idea how moved I was reading this hub. It more than confirmed to me what I have come to believe about you and that you are a wonderful and caring person, but more than that you are willing to take that extra step. You are selfless and giving and I truly look forward to actually meeting you someday. How precious to know that this young man was encouraged to truly become all that God had intended him to be and the Father used you as an instrument to give him the hope to go on. Love you dear friend!

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Mountain Blossoms 5 years ago from SE Thailand

This is a really beautiful hub and a real inspiration to all of us to help other people that cross our paths throughout our lives. Thank you for sharing it........Mai

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Judi dear - I have learned some things about this experience that I didn't realize until I read your beautiful comments. After all these years, I see, for the first time, that yes, I was an instrument in God's hands. Thank you so much for pointing this out to me. Wow! I was being blessed and din't even know it. Very powerful. Thankyou dear friend. Much Love.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Mountain Blossoms - How nice to see you here, reading my story. Thank you so much for the beautiful and so very true comments. Have a lovely day Mai.

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Cheri Schultz 5 years ago from Midwest

Audrey: What a remarkable story - Know that God is always directing our journey, our words and our path. How inspiring to know that you saved a young man's life!! It brought tears to my eyes knowing the impact you had and how you led him to the right path... Glory to God and Glory to you!!! I am blessed and fortunate to know such a wonderful person.

I truly believe we are all inter connected and if we listen to that soft voice inside, we will always know the right thing to do. It is not always easy but the peace we feel inside after we have taken that leap of faith, assures us the right path was chosen. Love and peace to you my dearest friend...

amorea13 5 years ago

Vocalcoach I cannot say the words that I feel after reading this wonderful hub. Your words and the story have brought me to tears. I so resonate with what you have written. All I can really say is, 'thank you'. A truly wonderful and uplifting piece of writing. Voted up my dear Vocalcoach.

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Tkumah 5 years ago

You had brought tears to my eyes.

Had you not waited, had you not listened to your feelings...and all that jazz...

You are amazing, inspiring and a power house. You make a difference and so much more.

I am a huge fan.

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Another great hub from you. You made this so beautiful and really amazing story. Words are the keys to the heart is beautiful quotes. Although it can be so painful, but I hope it always give us happiness. I enjoy the power of words from your story. Rating up!

Blessing and hugs,

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

prasetio30 - You are an excellent example of how to use words. Your hubs are always tender and kind. We have great power when we speak, so it is important to chose our words well and never hurt another person. Thank you prasetio30.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

amorea13 - I want to thank you dear friend for the touching and beautiful comments. You have shared something with me that leaves me both touched and uplifted. You are a compassionate and kind soul. Bless you!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Cherie - You wrote the wisest of truths when you said: "I truly believe we are all inter connected and if we listen to that soft voice inside, we will always know the right thing to do". I thank you so much for this. I am sure many of us have been instrumental in changing another persons life by something we say. We just never know how powerful our words can be. Thank you my dear friend and blessings to you.

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Barbara Kay 5 years ago from USA

This was a beautiful hub. I will try to remember Edward in my own life.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Tkumah - I am very pleased that you read my hub and received such understanding and wisdom from this story.

Thank you for your kind and generous comments. They make me feel very special. I welcome you as my new friend and will be reading your hubs as well. Blessings to you Tkumah

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Barbara Kay - Thank you my new friend for reading my hub and applying what you have learned in your own life. That is what it is all about. We all need each other and we all need to feel good about ourselves. Blessings and joy to you Barbara Kay!

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mythbuster 5 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

One of the most inspirational and positive stories I've ever read, vocalcoach. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

A wonderful story and you can be so pleased about it. I know words candestroy you and they are sharper than a razorplade.

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PegCole17 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

That was incredible. I was captivated all the way through without interruption. Thanks for sharing this uplifting story - as a former teacher it is amazing to realize the impact that can be made with our words, an awesome responsibility that you handled beautifully. May many blessings come your way.

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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

This is wonderfully inspirational. I am still reaching for the tissues.

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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y.

A well-told, heartwarming story, vocalcoach.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

William F. Torpey - Your comments touched me so. Thankyou my friend.

acaetnna - Awwwwwwwwwe - I appreciate so much the way you have connected with my story. Stay sweet always!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Peg - You stated it very well. As teachers we do have a tremendous responsibility. As you know, our students even take the side of a teacher when parents may have a difference of opinion about an issue. "Well, my teacher said....", is a common reaction. Thank you my friend for adding to the importance of the spoken word.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mythbuster - Thank you kindly for your supportive comments. I'm glad I finally wrote about this experience. It took me many years to muster up the courage. Joy to you!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello Hello - What you say is so very true and powerful.

As a child I was constantly "cut down" by my own mothers harsh and frightening words. So I understand. However, I learned a valuable lesson from my childhood - to never say anything that will hurt or demean another person, regardless of the age or the circumstance. Thank you my friend!

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Petra Vlah 5 years ago from Los Angeles

This story is moving and powerful the same way as the phrase "I love you" can be. A word of hope, a word of praise could change a person's life and you proved it. So beautiful and touching I am at a lost for words. Thank you

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Petra Vlah - Thank you for your comments on my hub. I know that you speak words of praise and love to others. That does more good than anything of material value. I am pleased to have found you on hubpages and will be reading your articles. Happiness and love to you Petra.

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

There wasn't a WOW button. There isn't an "I love this" and "I love you button". I'm buttoned up!

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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh what a beautiful story. I always follow the conviction of my heart which always leads me to give, be kind and give that "A" regardless if earned according to the WORLD! You've just made my day, I'll never for get the name Edward yet will allow it to serve as a reminder to continue on the path of loving. Peace and Love :)

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BeiYin 5 years ago from Ibiza Spain

"...the power of the spoken word!" Because those words are the shell for the containing energy, that makes it so powerful. The written words are more like mirrors and what one gets out of them is more an interpretation that depend on the capability of the person reading.

When I read your story, indeed, I was very touched. Yes, it is *Love* that is the energy that can fill words and every thing else... This has the power to touch and to change. As you give this, you will also be able to receive.

I invite you to read what I have written. I have written here at Hubpages, but my more resent writings you will find at

I would appreciate very much a feedback from you.


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cwarden 5 years ago from USA

Wow, what an amazing story. This hub actually took my breath away. You must feel truly honored to have been chosen to help Edward the way that you did.

When I tell people that my goal in life is to make the world a better place for someone - they just don't seem to understand - but this is exactly what I mean.

Your words, your ways, changed that boy's life forever and who knows what may become of his children or grandchildren, who wouldn't be here if you hadn't helped.

You have no way to know at this point, but your love and your words may have changed the world for all of us.

To really improve someone's life the way you did for Edward is such a gift - not only to him, but to you, and to all of us.

Words are so powerful and so is love.

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leni sands 5 years ago from UK

I was moved to tears by this hub. You are an amazing person. If I'd had someone like you around, life would've meant so much more.

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russell621 5 years ago from Great Yarmouth

Wow, what an amazing story. The lack of love in anyone's life is a dreadful cross to bare. Young Edward was indeed fortunate to get you as his music tutor, to be there for him when he most needed.

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Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

As a Music Composition and Theory Major,this story touches me deeply vocalcoach;)

missmilky 5 years ago

Thank you VocalCoach. Very inspiring story .I know how words can either build you or destroy you having gone through that in in abusive marriage .I am trying to rebuild my life now which is not easy having listened to those ugly words time and time again.I would like to help people like me and Andrew in future and your story has made my day...There is a lot of hope out there! May you continue being the instrument of hope!

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi another hub to pull at the heartstrings. You are a brilliant writer and bring life to whatever you write.

Some people are meant to be 'carers' and 'givers' and this is who you are.

Carry on showing that there is so much love and care left in this world.

Thanks for being you Audrey.

Take care and God Bless.

peacefulparadox 5 years ago

I've been on hubpages for over a year. I've read many stories. This one certainly stands out. Such an amazing story. Keep writing like this.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

peacefulparadox - I want to thank you so much for your supportive comments. Your hubs are next for me to read. I look forward to it.

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Karanda 5 years ago from Australia

This truly is an amazing story and beautifully written. I'm so glad to be a follower and can't wait to read many more.

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Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

This is a beautiful world, what makes it ugly to live in is- many are too busy with everything that they forget to stop and listen with their mind and heart to others who are lost in the breakneck speed of the roller coaster ride called life. Beautiful hub.

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Dardia 5 years ago from Michigan

Wonderful story! So glad you shared it with us, and glad you brought Edward out of his confused mind and helped him see the truth. I know about that confusion, and it took me years to see that I was worth something in life.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dardia - For many of us, it does take years before we realize our true worth and value. Your kind email sent to me took your time and your thought as well as your love and compassion. You did this generous act, without even knowing me, just a brief introduction here on HP. You reached out to someone in pain. Thank you.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Lita C. Malicdem - Yes, Lita, you have made an excellent point. Learning to really listen - as you say, with both the hear and the mind does take time and complete concentration on the other person. Thank you for being one of these caring people.

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Amber Allen 5 years ago

As I read through your story I was amazed by the emotions which I felt. There was an immense sadness for the pain which Edward had been caused and anger against the cruel and thoughtless brother and the neglectful parents. I could also sense the torment that you felt in deciding how to grade the paper but the most deeply felt emotion was the joy which I felt when I read how all your actions to support Edward not only saved his life but completed turned it around. You should be very proud of your actions and the love and compassion you displayed.


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James A Watkins 5 years ago from Chicago

Truly an amazing story. What a blessing you were to this young man. You are right; we can all bless someone this way if we just will. You have awakened this call in me. I am going to act upon it. Thank you.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Amber Allen - Miracles happen when we don't even recognize it. After my experience with Edward, I learned a valuable lesson. Words can hurt, challenge, or change us. What a responsibility we all have to use the right choice of words. Thank you for recognizing this. I value you, and the comments you have made.

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De Greek 5 years ago from UK

What a wonderfully touching story. The poor lonely child...

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

De Greek - I have to wonder how many more are out there, like this one. Thank you for commenting and I wish you the best!

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epigramman 5 years ago

... I sincerely wish I could come through this computer screen and give you a hug for this wonderful story.

And if this sounds cliché - please forgive me - but what an amazing movie this would make ....... you are my hero too and for a story like this I will never forget you - for you have made a difference in someone else's life - the true spirit of a teacher but also a blessing with a gift of teaching and the unselfish gift of giving .......

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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

The gift of acceptance is so powerful in our lives. Just to know that someone cares, someone loves, is the most positive thing a person can experience. And to give that assurance of love and acceptance, often "against the grain" as it were, is such a wonderful act. This is what it means to be human. Empathy as the opposite of prejudice and rejection - so wonderful!

Thanks for sharing this amazingly beautiful story!

Love and peace


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Tony - Hello my dear friend. I am so touched by your remarks on my story. You have added enlightning comments and I especially like your "the gift of acceptance is so powerful in our lives". Love IS acceptance. The longer I live, the more I realize this truth. Thank you Tony. Open your heart, Audrey

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

missmilky - I am so sorry that you have had to experience unpleasant harshness. Just remember, the unkind things he said to you was about him, not you. Unfortunately those terrible words consumed you and became your reality. Using visualization and affirmations will help erase all those negative and cruel dialogues. You are a beautiful, caring and worwhile person and I love you. :-)

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denise mohan 5 years ago from California

WOW..Just like a movie, A GREAT ONE. As I read this hub with the background music of Natalie Merchants, "Carvnival" which was the ending music for the movie "Monster". My waterey eyes could not stop reading this article. You are a very good person and this world needs more like you. Thank You for this beautiful story.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear denise - Oh, thank you so much for your very kind comments. For you to be touched by this story shows what a compassionate and kind person you are. We need more like you too!

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Bel Marshall 5 years ago from Michigan

I'm commenting as I wipe the tears from my face and am attempting to catch my breath.

In the work I do I remind people daily that words have power, our words to others and our words to ourselves. In the book The Seven Agreements one of the agreements is to always be impeccable with our words. Not the grammar or the spelling but in the delivery of those words and how they might affect others.

What a wonderful, wonderful piece!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear Bel - "The Seven Agreements" is my favorite self-help book. Like you, being impeccable with your word, is a life altering habit. This experience happened a long time ago and I thought twice about whether to tell the story. I am glad I have shared this experience now. Thank you for your beautiful comments. I am now eager to begin reading your hubs. Blessings!

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PaperNotes 5 years ago

Ahh, this is a story that is so touching and beautiful. Thanks for sharing it with us. There are so many good things to learn from this story too.

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kimh039 5 years ago

I love the obvious compassion and empathy. I also love the way you reflected on your role, professional ethics, the purpose of a grade, and the power of a word of encouragement as well. I love that you trusted your instincts on this. It would have been easy to rely on professional training alone, and given the grade he deserved. On the flip side, I have known people who have blamed themselves for a suicide, and were plagued with "if only I had..." thoughts for years. So, even though we're not responsible for another person's choices, we can take responsibility for the way we influence others - positive or negative. I hope this kid's family learned something about the power of words! Thanks for sharing a powerful message in a beautiful story. You spent some time reflecting on this, and it comes through.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

This was an absolutely great hub! And you are an amazing person for your ability to see beyond the surface of what this boy showed. You saw the true essence of him. Very few people would make that effort. You have touched many lives, I am sure, probably in ways you may never know. This was a beautiful story and I am glad you shared it and that you are part of HubPages. Hope and compassion are wonderful attributes that we can give to each other and your hub reminds us to give more of it to each other. Rated up and Beautiful.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

toknowinfo - Your beautiful comments have confirmed my question to myself (should I write about this?) It took me a long time to make the decision to make it a hub. I have learned that regardless of the experiences we live, happy or sad ones, when we share with others it is beneficial and we always learn something. Thank you my friend. Have a blessed holiday!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

kim039 - Thank you for every word you wrote. You have a deeply caring heart which comes through as you write. I am so pleased that you responded to this hub. You have added much to it. Bless you Kim.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

PaperNotes - Appreciate your comments. Yes, there is much to be learned from this experience. I learned that sometimes the heart knows better than the head. Thanks.

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russell621 - Your comments mean so much to me. I was also fortunate to know this young man.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Mentalist acer - I am honored that someone in your position would leave me such a lovely comment. You can definetley relate to my story. This means everything to me. Thank you and God Bless!

katiem2 - I have always seen you as a person who follows the conviction of the heart. You have a heart which is pure and shining. It is so big, the entire hubpage family and more could fit inside very nicely with room to spare. You, my beautiful Katie are just what this world needs more of. Love to you, my friend.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Micky Dee - Well, you are certainly pushing all the right buttons! Thank you, dear heart.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

leni sands - Your gentle and kind comments have touched me so. I will hold you close in my heart and through HP too. You are one of the beautiful people. Stay close...

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amybradley77 5 years ago

Great page!! Wow, I think I actually did have a couple of teachers who were just like this with me. I will never forget them for it too, they helped form who I am today. This is such a priceless gift to be able to give to another human being, one that I believe can only be repaid by the student doing there very best at what they were taught. Thanks for sharing this here with us! A.B.

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AskAshlie3433 5 years ago from WEST VIRGINIA

Wow, you are truly amazing. You have a way with your words. Your hubs are so inspirational. Thanks a million.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Ashlie - What an added blessing for me to find you here on HPs. It is indeed a continuing gift to me to read your comments, especially knowing where you are coming from. Continue on the deserve all the love you can hold. Your new friend.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

amy, my hubpage friend. I am amazed at the way you are going through everyone of my hubs, reading each one, commenting and rating. I can truly say, you are my biggest fan and follower. I thank you so much for your support and wonderful remarks. Thank you!!!!!

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theseus 5 years ago from philippines


Give yourself another pat on the back for me,will you? You are amazing.

I was a college instructor for 3 years though I had to quit to focus more on my law school, but I can totally relate to what you had to go through as a teacher.As we both found out, they need not just the lessons in academics but more of our time and attention so that they will know how to deal with the lessons of life. Being their second parent, they should know that we care..we understand.God bless you, my friend.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

theseus - How very nice it is to find another teacher who can relate to my experience. I thank you for that. And God Bless you!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh my goodness!! What a story to share! Lucky for Edward that he had you to show him love and respect! And three kids and a full time job on your own? You get more amazing every time I read a hub! I just had Laurel and that felt tough! A smart lady once told me that if having a bad day - push it out of your mind and do what must be done. I was 17. I have never forgotten that and that was the thread sometimes that kept me moving forward. Thanks for sharing this story!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

RealHousewife - I agree with the smart lady's advice. Very solid tip and it really works. You have the "stuff" with which heroes are made. I see it in your comments to me as well as in your amazing hugs. I can't thank you enough!

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Audrey, I am incredibly touched (to tears, really) but not at all surprised after reading this story and knowing a little about you. I believe that things happen for a reason, and you seem to have that special ability to see things in people that perhaps no one else takes the time to notice - In Edwards case, not even his own parents.

How fortunate for him that he encountered a very special teacher who changed the course of his life. You are a true inspiration to us all.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Eiddwen - You are such a sweet person. Your beautiful comments mean the world to me. I believe that each one of us are connected and we just have to look a little deeper into the heart of another human being to realize what our mission might be. We never know how what we say might affect another person. Thank you, my friend ~

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I am having a hard time seeing through my tears to send you this, vocalcoach. I am not a believer in organized religion, but I do believe in God. I do not talk about that aspect of myself often, as religion is such a personal part of who each person is. I would never want to offend anyone, but you are an angel, and I believe God worked a miracle through you. There is no other explanation for how this beautiful, but damaged young man came to be in your classroom and you were there to change his life, virtually reaffirming his value at the 11th hour. You are so special, so precious, a perfect example of heaven on earth. I believe God isn't waiting in the church, he lives in the special people who are living voices for him...I will never again look at your title as voicecoach in the same way. Although it is your business, your voice gives so much more. You gave Edward the will to live. Thank you for sharing this monumentally beautiful experience that illustrates the importance of valuing all life. I've never been so moved and I feel I have been touched by an angel, you, voicecoach.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Amy, dear friend - I learned such a valuable lesson from this experience. My hope is, that by sharing my story, we will all learn to see others with our heart and not just the eyes. We never know how what we say to one another may change the direction that one may go. The affect of words and how we use them can be life-changing. Thank you for your great empathy and compassion for others. I, too follow your principle " I believe God isn't waiting in the church, he lives in the special people who are living voices for him." Well said. Much love to you Amy ~ vocalcoach

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epigramman 5 years ago

..yes it was dear Amy who sent me back here - as she was quite overwhelmed by this story - and so was I - even now - although I was here before - so moved and touched as I am still now - so Audrey I will post this on my Facebook page with a direct link back here ..... I have left other comments for you here tonight - thank you for being in my life - you always make me feel so loved too!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Oh, thank you dear Epigramman. For you to post my hub on your facebook page is most generous of you. But then - is anyone more generous than you? I think not. You give support and confidence to our entire HP family. I give thanks each day for my great gift - "Epigramman".

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kallini2010 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

We are not given to foretell

How our word(s) will echo

We are given empathy (compassion, sympathy)

As we we are given grace.

Fyodor (Theodor) Tyutchev, February 27th, 1869


This is my favourite quote (among others) - yes, words have tremendous power and the beauty and the horror is that we don't know how they will echo - we may mean them to convey one message yet they reach others quite differently and unexpectedly.

I am thinking about so many times when my words are taken the wrong way and no matter how many times I try to explain that they do not mean what others see in them - it is impossible to change the emotional impact.

I love one writer who says that the main problem that people have is that they don't really understand the words they use.

The story that you told is truly moving and unbelievable at the same time - I do believe it, but still it seems to be a fairy tale.

But life is like that - sometimes we need to hold on a tiniest thread...

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kathy, my friend ~ I am so touched by your beautiful comments. You have a big heart, filled with compassion for others. That is the highest quality we can have. And your writing reflects this and so much more. I love reading your hubs and always bookmark each one. Thank you Kathy. Let your light shine!

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eventsyoudesign 5 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Wow! I am experiencing you for the first time. What a powerful story. For the last eleven years my husband and I have been trying to help his son reach some sort of a normal life. He is schizophrenic and has been for several years. His only goal in life is to get high. He has been at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center for about six months now. They have helped learn to take his medication and we thought they might be able to help him become more responsible for himself, but he is still immature. He is on vacation until the first of July. Unfortunately when we take him back we have to let him know he cannot come home anymore. He will have to make it on his own. We hope we are making the right decision, but we feel we have done all that we can. Thanks for a great story with a happy ending. We hope ours will be happy too. Teresa

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

I am so very sorry Teresa, to hear about this young mans addiction. I am very familiar with dealing with people addicted to drugs and alcohol. It is such a tormenting time for family members. This is when the words "tough love" come into play. He has to figure it out for himself, and the price is a high one to pay. One day, you will have your happy ending. Hold on to that thought.

Love and hugs to you and your husband, Teresa.

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Karanda - Thank you for reading my hub about Edward. I look forward to seeing you again. Blessings to you!


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

I am new to the Hub.and I am so glad I found this to read. this is wonderful to read. what an experience you had as a teacher. and how precious you treated this young man that just wanted to die. you are so right about how we talk to people. how we treat people. God bless you for what you did. I will be thrilled to follow you. I voted up and awesome.

femmeflashpoint 4 years ago


Wow! What a wonderful story!!

You get big kudos for being more than teacher! Thank you for stepping to the plate when the opportunity presented to be a mentor and a caring friend as well!

And, kudos to Edward to laying down the lie and exchanging it for the truth! That's such a difficult thing to do, and expresses tremendous courage on his part because it's nearly always easier to believe the bad than the good.

I'm thrilled that this had such a happy ending!


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

femmeflashpoint ~ thank you for reading my story and for your wonderful comments. I am on my way to visit you right now. So glad to see you here!

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colpolbear 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

That was fantastic! You should be proud for having had such an effect on someone. Not many people can say that they've been the inspiration for a person to keep on living. You deserve a high five (high five!)

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forall 4 years ago

You could change a person's life, change the way he thinks about himself and the way he looks to the world around. You made him love life after he decided to leave it. I'm just .... Impressed!

Awesome, beautiful, interesting and voted up!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

forall ~ This experience will be with me the rest of my life. l have learned how powerful a few simple words can be. Thank you for reading my hub and for your endearing comments. I will drop by soon!

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Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)


This is the most powerful, most beautiful piece of writing I have ever read on HubPages...and probably will every read.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

What an inspirational story Audrey!

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

I cried for you and for Edward. You were his guardian angel without even knowing it. You have recounted the story here so well it's one of those things you can't stop reading. You've added enough of your personal life and background to make this a true masterpiece! Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Thanks for SHARING.

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, This was absolutely stunning. I actually can't find the right words to say. With those few words you completely changed someones life. Literally. I have never read something like this before, and I am in awe, amazing. voted up with everything and more.

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rls8994 4 years ago from Mississippi

This is such a touching story. I truly believe there are times in our lives that we may be put in a particular place or situation for the sole purpose to help someone like Edward. Your story has inspired me and I'm so happy that Edward is doing well. Thank you so much for sharing this amazing moment in your life.

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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Audrey, what a beautiful miracle I just read about. For once in my life I am (almost) speechless. I have to go and sit with this remarkable story a bit to absorb the full intensity. Thanks for sharing-I'll write more later. Voted up/across - funny.

KDuBarry03 4 years ago

Such a beautiful story! I felt your heart in your characters :) well written and such a great story! Voted up.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Daisy ~ Thank you for reading this. Your kind comments are sincere which means more than you can imagine. I shudder to think of what the alternative would have been had I listened to my head instead of my heart.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Audrey Howitt - thank you for reading this. It was a long time ago, yet it seems like yesterday. Take care Audrey!

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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

This is a truly wonderful story. When we listen to the spirit that is inside each of us (The Heart) we can hear the truth and the truth can set us all free!

This is the first time I have read your work and I am glad I did.

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Wow, this is such a wonderful, beautiful, inspiring hub! I was glued to it from the beginning. It is amazing what one life can do when they reach out to care and love someone. You just never know how you are going to make a difference in someone's life. Thank God you were a part of this young man's life.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful story. Edward was blessed to know you.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

tillsontitan ~ Thank you for your heart-touching comments my friend. You have compassion and empathy - two of the greatest qualities to possess. You have made me glad that I finally had the courage to share my story.

And I appreciate the marvelous ratings!

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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

This is a very beautiful story and I am so glad that you listened to your heart that day! This story shows that there is hope if we just show some kindness and love for others. You are a fantastic person and I am so happy to know you. You are a sensational teacher and you did the right thing that day! I enjoyed reading this, voted up, beautiful, awesome and sharing!


onlooker 4 years ago

Audrey, I am speechless. You are an inspiration and people like you give us hope. You really are a teacher in true meaning and sense. I shall hold Edward's story very close to my heart. Thank you.

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Words! I have always considered them above swords and wars! They can rip the soul or redeem it!

Your story in your words has touched my soul!

Edward was lucky to have met you! For not all kind with the words they speak!


Great hub!

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ananceleste 4 years ago from California

This story should be shared, for the sake of the Eduards that never got to hear those encouraging words. Voted up and shared.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Thank you Nell. How wonderful that you read this. I'm feeling good that I told my story. I almost came close to not sharing it. In fact I never told anyone until I joined hubpages.

Thank you for the vote up and more.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

This hub is shared! Pinned! And also on my Facebook page as well - what an inspiring story and you are so right - words are powerful and we can all do our best to use them in good ways if at all possible. You must think of this young man often Audrey? He certainly touched something in you to make you decide to give him the A grade and change his life, indeed, save his life.

Valrey Francis 4 years ago

Awesome story! We truly need to be motivators and encouragers. That's what ultimately matters.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

ris8994 - I am so moved that you found this hub so touching. This experience was a huge lesson for me. We just never know how our words may affect another life. Words are so very powerful. Thank you!

Denise Handlon - Yes, this is an intense story and sometimes I can hardly believe it myself. I think that words are the most powerful tool we have. We can lift a person up or we can go the other direction and destroy them completely. Thank you my friend for your support.

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

Thank you for sharing this awesome story.....I was hooked from the first paragraph to the happy glad that he made it through the tough time in his life. I think you saved the life of 5 people that far it least....Edward, his 4 kids ...and in the future, who knows how many people will be in Edward's tree. A great story to read on a day that has been filled with horrible news(movie theater shooting in Colorado)....voted up and awesome....job well done.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

KDubarry03 - I'm glad you had a chance to read this and appreciate your comments. I had not thought about the other lives that were saved and the impact on Edward's future. Thankyou!

Curiad - Thank you for reading this. You are right about listening to the spirit. It is much wiser than the mind :) So glad you came by.

teaches12345 - I like your comments. And you have confirmed so well how we never know the impact we make on someone's life by our words and actions. Your support is always welcomed my friend.!

sunshine625 - I really appreciate you Linda for taking time to read my hub and commenting. Thanks so much!

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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

I enjoy your story. It is great and wondrful. It teaches us a great lesson. I have published a story on hubepages too..Its title is Think before You Act. And it can also help you to know the meaning of words......This is a tremendous hub....

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear thoughtforce - Too many times in my life I have simply blurted out words without really thinking. After this experience I began to weigh my words internally before speaking. I learned to trust my heart. I think that I was guided by a higher power...and I'm thankful that I listened to that still small voice. Your kind comments are special to me and I thank you Tina. You are a light in my life :)

onlooker - Thank you for taking your time to read my story. Hope is like a life-line to hold on to in times of despair. I know what that feels like. I lamost gave up all hope when my own son's life was taken by cancer. Hubpages helped to restore that hope by allowing me to write about my feelings. I was surrounded by new hub friends. And now you are another. Thank you!

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Cogerson - Thanks for reading my hub and leaving your valuable comments. You are kind to point out to me how saving Edward also saved members of his family and more. I've not even thought about that. And the movie shooting in Colorado - I guess we aren't safe anywhere. Such a terrible tragedy. You bring a bolt of joy to my life. Thanks.

paulynice - It's a pleasure to see you here. Thank you for your generous comments. I will read your hub "Think before you Act." I may put a link here to your hub. Take care.

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paulynice roldens 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida

Okay my friend.............

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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a wonderful story! If we only knew the lives we touch and what a difference we can really make. Sometimes all we have to do is care. You are truly a wonderful person and Edward is very lucky to have had you for a teacher. Voting this up and awesome!!!

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

wow. What a wonderful story, Audrey. Just goes to show that every act of kindness however big or small - reverberates in this universe and causes positivity and far reaching results. Everyday I come across people who could do with such acts of kindness and I do my best to show them the world is not such a bad place after all.. one wishes more people would see the need beyond their own. You are one in a million! awesome.

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

This is such a great article--we all need hope!

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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

We never know what burdens people carry around with them. I think we should treat everyone with kindness.

I think poor Edward was a true introvert. He reminded me of myself when I was growing up. I just never felt good enough. It has taken me a long time to realize I'm just as good (or better) than others.

I voted this UP, and will share.

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everythingdazzles 4 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

Hope is the greatest thing. Wonderful hub!

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wheelinallover 4 years ago from Central United States

It is amazing how three words or actions can change a life. In my life they were not heard often. If it hadn't been for my grandmother showing her love my life would have been totally different. As the second of eight children and then third of eleven there wasn't time for every one.

I "was the good child" so wasn't given as much attention as the others. My older and younger half brothers were the bullies. They spent their time picking on brother number five. He is the one who took his life. It appears there was no one like you around to save him.

Voted up Awesome and sharing with my twitter followers.

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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

paulynice roldens - Very nice to see you here. I am enjoying your hubs!

sgBrown - I certainly learned a very valuable and life-long lesson from this experience. As you say - we never know how we may be affecting someone else. Thank you for your generous rating and for being here!

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Docmo - Since this story, I have learned the importance of following one's heart instead of one's head. Sometimes the heart can see what the mind and eye misses. You are one of the special ones who knows this and practices this with others. It's an honor to call you my friend.!

Dear Audrey - Without hope, we lose faith and without faith we fail to act. Your point is well taken. I wish you peace, love and your heart's desire always. Thank you.

Mary615 - Yes, we truly cannot judge a book by it's cover, so to speak. We have no idea what may be going on in the life of another person.

What a marvelous accomplishment for you to finally realize how valuable you are. I second that:) Thanks for your vote and for sharing.

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

everything dazzles - Thanks for being here and commenting. You are so right when you say that hope is the greatest thing. What do we have without hope? Have a wonderful Christmas!

wheelinallover - Bless your dear Grandmother for showing you the love you so desperately needed. Your young life was not an easy one. I'm so sorry about your brother. That had to be equally very hard for you.

The choice of words we use (or fail to use) can make or break a young person. We have no right to emotionally abuse others with hurtful, destructive words.

Thank so much for your helpful and touching comments. Stay close. Thanks for the sharing!

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carter06 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

This is a truly inspiring story!! Well done you...To give Hope to another - the reason I became a school counselor.. There is nothing kinder to a school child than a strict but fair teacher- surely? So glad I found this hub, thanks for sharing Edwards story with us..will share every way..cheers

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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Audrey,

I am so happy this inspirational masterpiece of yours was shared by Jools on your special day so I could wish you a most glorious birthday, filled with your favorite people and things.

You have such a calling in your line of work and this is a memorable example of the positive power we can unwittingly have in someone's life, as you did in Edward's.

Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

carter06 - You have touched me deeply with your beautiful response to me hub about Edward, And you being a school counselor,,,giving hope and understanding to all those precious lives! Thank you for sharing my story!

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vocalcoach 3 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Dear marcoujor - Thank you for the lovely birthday wish and thanks for reading my story about Edward. It's almost scary when we think of the power we have over another person's life...I so agree with you. Thank you for being the beautiful and caring person you are, A true angel, here on HP! Hugs to you Maria.

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Lenzy 2 years ago from Arlington, Texas

Excellent hub. I think of my own diamond and think I will go and write him some words of affirmation. Thank you. Lenzy

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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hello dear Lenzy - Thank you so much for being here. It's been a while since I last had a comment. I've a big smile on my face! Now go - and polish that lovely diamond:) ~ Audrey

Caitlyn 2 years ago

This was beautiful

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Thank you very much. Your comment touched me. - Audrey

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mamamikks 20 months ago from Dubai, UAE

Hi Audrey! Thank you very much for this very inspiring article. Tears were streaming down my face as I was reading it. We never really know the impact of our actions on those we interact with.

I thank God for using you as an instrument in helping save a life. May the Lord bless you heaps.


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vocalcoach 20 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mamamikks - Your words ring true my friend. We never know what is really going on in the mind of others. I learned a valuable lesson during this experience.

Thank you kindly for your warm-hearted words. I am both touched and blessed by your comments.


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suzettenaples 18 months ago from Taos, NM

Oh, Audrey, I have tears in my eyes reading this. What a beautiful story and you saved a life! Being a teacher, I could relate to everything you were saying and doing. You certainly gave Edward the right grade and the hope to carry one. You are a guardian angel!

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AudreyHowitt 18 months ago from California

I cry every time I read this one Audrey!

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shanmarie 18 months ago from Texas

I love this story! So glad it came up in the news feed. I don't think a person has to say it often, necessarily, but if questions ever barise, saying periodic affirmations of affection outloud can make sll.the difference in the world.

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ChitrangadaSharan 18 months ago from New Delhi, India

What a touching and inspiring story! You presented it so beautifully.

Acts of kindness always bring positive results. I wish more people would see the need beyond their own, just like you did.

Great hub with positive thoughts. Thanks and voted up!

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Sunshine625 18 months ago from Orlando, FL

Love! Love! Love this story! Not so much the leading up to how you changed Edwards life, but how you did change his life. All is takes is one person to believe in were that one person. Outstanding story! :)

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mothersofnations 18 months ago

The story pulled at my heart for many reasons. Very beautiful and touching. Certainly deserves to be shared, not just for how well it's written but because the message behind it is so powerful and moving. That's the kind of story that truly impacts lives in a positive way, the kind of story that can change tomorrow for many people.

I certainly look forward to reading more of your articles. God bless you...

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Vellur 18 months ago from Dubai

Your kind words has saved a precious life and gave him hope and strength to carry on and believe in himself. Thank you for sharing this. Great hub voted way up.

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vocalcoach 18 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

suzettenaples - Hello dear friend and thanks for being here. Learning that you relate to this story is indeed moving. Teachers, in a way become guardian angels for many students. My kindergarten teacher was an angel in every way. She was the first to show me love. Thank you and bless you.

AudreyHowitt - Your heart is brimming over with love and compassion. This explains why you are such an exceptional teacher and person.

shanmarie - You have become a staple in my hubpage family. I can't do without you! I just love your idea of saying affirmations of affection out loud. Thanks so much my friend.

ChitrangadaSharan - Thank you for your generous and kind comments.

I like how you have mentioned that kindness brings positive results. We can all do well to remember this. Thank you for your votes.

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vocalcoach 18 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Sunshine625 - I learned a powerful lesson from this experience Linda. We never know what might be going on in the mind of another person. And you said it all, "All it takes is one person to believe in you." Thanks for adding your comments dear friend.

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Kristen Howe 18 months ago from Northeast Ohio

Audrey, this was so sad and heart-warming at the same time. This was a beautiful and inspiring hub about how you can do so much for one person to transform their lives. Voted up!

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vocalcoach 17 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

mothersofnations - Thank you for your beautiful comments. Edward taught me an important lesson - to listen to my heart. Teachers have a huge responsibility. Beyond teaching subject matter is the caring of the person himself. Watch...listen and be aware of the inner child. I appreciate every word you've written here. And God bless you as well.

Thank you Vellur for your kind comments. I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to meet Edward and to be his teacher. Take care my friend.


Hello Kristin. I believe we all are put in to a position to make a difference in another persons life at one time or the other. I'm touched by your lovely comments and thank you my friend.


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fpherj48 17 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Audrey....I see this was published before my time here at Hp. So glad it popped up under my nose today.

Your work is always a beautiful thing....meaningful & inspiring. This is no exception. It truly spoke to my heart. I must agree with you about the profound and lasting effect one person and one special message can often make all the difference in the world. It never fails that we feel the benefits of learning from others, as well.

This is UP & awesome, Audrey. You're an incredibly special woman.

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vocalcoach 17 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

fpherj48 - Hi Paula. Glad you had a chance to read this. I learned a valuable and lasting lesson from being Edwards teacher. We just never know how what we say and the way we say it will effect another person. I also learned that sometimes it's better to follow your heart instead of your head.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I really appreciate your votes. I consider myself very lucky to have your friendship. Take good care Paula.

taylor 17 months ago

This is amazing! One person can truly make a difference. Thank you for sharing such an inspirational, strong, and heart warming story.

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vocalcoach 17 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

taylor - I appreciate your kind comments and hope to see you again soon. Regards, Audrey.

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renee21 15 months ago

Great hub!

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vocalcoach 15 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

renee21 - Thank you for being here and for your nice comment.

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Kara Skinner 12 months ago from Maine

That is such an incredible story. I'm speechless, honestly. Edward was definitely fortunate to have you for a teacher.

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vocalcoach 11 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Kara - Thank you kindly for your comments and for reading about my experience with Edward. We just never know how our words will affect another person. Best wishes to you Kara.


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BlueAmberRose 10 months ago from Sydney

Phenomenal hub. I love how one person can make such a big difference :) Thank you x

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vocalcoach 6 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author


Thank you for reading my hub. I hope to see you again.

alexandria 5 months ago

thanks for sharing such a good story . i even presented this story in toastmaster ; public speech delivering competitions.

this influenced me to give a speech so that others check out this amazing story.have a good day.

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vocalcoach 5 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author

Hi Alexandria

Thank you for sharing my story with toastmasters. I'm glad you were inspired by my experience and humbled to learn you have shared this with others.

The power of words can destroy or elevate how a person feels about himself. I'm grateful to have learned this lesson in my lifetime.

Wishing you happiness and peace,

Audrey Hunt

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word55 4 months ago from Chicago

Hi Audrey, This was wonderful. You're amazing! Keep up the good work. God bless!

Chris St Thomas More 4 months ago

Audrey, I want you to know that your story was read today at our church for our Homily. After the Homily was finished the congregation applauded. A rare occurrence at our parish and I am sure at most churches.

During the reading there was a lot of eye wiping, including my own, it was amazing to see how many people could relate to this story.

What a blessing it was to have this story read and the gift of the "word" be passed on and continue to be told. So what started with Edward is now going to inspire so many more people, truly passing it forward!

Thank you for writing this wonderful story and inspiring so many other people today and in the future.

God Bless You Audrey

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Mel Carriere 2 months ago from San Diego California

Teachers touch lives in ways they do not even realize. For every story like this that comes to your attention, there are probably 100 more young people that you touched and changed. Great, touching, stirring story.

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vocalcoach 2 months ago from Nashville Tn. Author


Thank you so much. I truly appreciate your kind words.




I'm humbled as I read your comments about my story. I can hardly believe that my experience would have such an effect on others. Thank you for sharing this with me. I'm truly grateful.

Blessings to you,


Mel Carriere

Thank you Mel for being here and leaving me such inspiring comments. It means the world to me. I'm glad I wrote about this experience. It was a long time ago. Sometimes I forget all about it. How rewarding it feels to know other people appreciate my being a part of this.


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bravewarrior 7 weeks ago from Central Florida

Audrey, this is an amazing story. Your kindness truly saved someone's life. Yes, words are very powerful. Edward had heard a lifetime of ugly words that almost took his life. Then, in 5 minutes time, the positive affirmation you gave him changed all that. I'm sure he thanks you every day of his life.

Johnny 6 weeks ago

Hello ma'am, I am preaching this Sunday on the power of words.I am going to use this inspirational story in my message. Thanks for sharing!

markus kulisek 4 weeks ago

i was suprised that she would say that but it did make him feel better so everbody should be talking to poeple like this and making them feel better

kandyce kitto 4 weeks ago

This was such a heart warming story. i am so happy that people still have hearts. I am so glad that Edward did not take his life because no one should ever do that no matter what. it is so sad that he was even considering taking his life. I could tell that just from the beginning of the story that you had an amazing heart and would help him. I learned so much from reading this, I truly did. People have to always keep in mind that they should always say kind things to people and not negative. just like you said that you loved edward and how that saved him from taking his own life. thank you for being such a great great great peron:) have a lovely day

Nathan Nykaza 4 weeks ago

This is amazing! One person can truly make a difference. To one person u can change there lifes by talking to them and making them feel like they should fit in i hope all of u are having a great day today and how u can get connected to someone so quick that is like a blink of a eye even just when u see a kid that is having a hard time go up to him ask him a few questins make them feel good around u look there was this kid that was in my gym class he never talked to anyone one day i went to him started talking to him and made him feel better know were like best friends i hope this helps i hope u all have a good day smile more :) put a good smile on someone make them feel like they fit in.

Angel Wence 4 weeks ago

The story is so hart worming of how Edward was a shy kid and all he need was someone to be there for him. I can see how it can be help people fight thru the negative parts in life by readying this story. I can see how the Story of Edward be the same life story of a shy person who really needs someone to talk to and be there for them and keep helping them stay positives. Not just shy people but over all everyone need someone in their live to to keep telling them to keep fighting all the negative people.

Julian 4 weeks ago

I felt like edward should have never gone thru something like that! it just upsets me I personally was suprised when his teacher told him that she belived in him and that she loved him! I think that every kid should not go thru that and should just live a happy simple life. I just hope that edward lives happy for the rest of his life. I mean he does have a good job! I'm just glass that he didn't commit suicide. And im glad that his teacher showed him love and that she beilevied in him changing his mind! Like if nobody told hin those exact word he could of died and it couldve been too late! Like he did have everything set up and a note written saying good bye and why he wanted to! I just honestly hope that nobody goes thru what edward did because if he did commit suicide he wouldnt have the perfect life he has till this day!!

Kelsey 4 weeks ago

This was a really good article. Esspecially because eyou don't know what goes on in kids lifes outside of school. Edward needed hope. By you saying I love you and saying you have hope in him. You made him feel better about himself and to put a smile on his face.

Reyna 4 weeks ago

I think that this article is amazing because it should show kids that have trouble in school or are having trouble in life with their family they should just talk to another adult and the problem will be fixed. Taking your own life for something like that would not be a solution because you're just running away from your problems when it's better to talk and solve you're problems then to have to have them stuck on your throat and have to live with that shame inside you. Talking about your problems could make you feel better if you know and trust the person you're talking to about it. This article can also teach bullies a lesson because they don't know whats going on, on the kids life and they could be making them feel a lot worse about themselves and that's why kids think that death is the only solution to all their problems because they don't have to deal with any of it because they're gone. I was very surprised that the teacher was the one to save his life.

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vocalcoach 4 weeks ago from Nashville Tn. Author


Hello my precious friend. Thank you for being here - your support means everything to me! I learned a tremendous life lesson with Edward. I thank him for teaching me that sometimes we must listen with our heart instead of our head.



jackson myers 4 weeks ago

I thought that these artilcles were good it relates to me because some of these things hapened to me overall I thought they were good articles.

Chelsea Ruiz 4 weeks ago

That was an amazing story. I know what its like to be a shy,quiet kid because I was one of those kids once in my life. I never really talked to anyone. I didn't have much friends. I never really did my homework. I was the one who just sit back in the classroom and just exclude myself from the group. Until that all changed I met a really good friend of mine that was always there for me and helped me with my homework. And yes it was a nice feeling to have.

Lexi 4 weeks ago

In the first article I had related to the part when someone says something nice about me and makes me smile, but if they something mean my day just gets ruined. I had felt like I am not the only one who has that feeling too. In the second article it had made me think of my health class and how I am learning about students suicide. I remember doing a little life graph of 2 peoples future and if they had killed them self their future would no longer be there for them. I had felt very touched due to the fact that a teacher had noticed a students presents due to the other amount of students that she gets that she really saw Edwards and just knew something was wrong and had decided to give him a good grade because she says that deep down inside that he is a really good person and for that she had decided to give him an A even though he is more of a D kind of guy.

emily chavez 4 weeks ago

I think that he had a horrible life but when the teacher told him she loved him and gave him a A on his exam he was happy that he is loved. But every abused kid should be treated well because you may never know when they will take their life. People should stop bullying or treating people badly because you may never know if they are being abused at home by someone they call family. And if someone is treated badly and you know about it talk to them or just listen to them about what they are telling you because you can be their for them and give them a friend or someone they can rely on as someone they can care about.

Isaac Sanchez 4 weeks ago

This article could be useful but no one does any of this...., I've done nice things to people but they don't even say a thank you, nothing. When that happens, I think of two things: One they didn't notice I did it or they are just being rude. Yes, I know that not everyone has to say thank you, but I like receiving thank yous' from people because that way I know I did something good and it makes me feel good. If only people followed of what was said in this article, life would be so much easier.

lena rogers 4 weeks ago

i think his life isnt that great. A teacher touches a life without knowing how. If a kid is treated badly and you know it. Go talk to them. Try to make them feel better. just listen to them. they might feel better and you might make a new friend in the procces.

jackson myers 4 weeks ago

I think that life isn't that great. A teacher touches someones life without knowing how. If a kid is treated badly go talk to them. Try to make them feel better. Just listen to them they might feel better and you might make a new friend.

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vocalcoach 3 weeks ago from Nashville Tn. Author


Thank you for sharing my story in your sermon. I appreciate your being here.

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