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

Updated on April 24, 2017
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Audrey's love for piano began at age 6. She's is a professional pianist for cruises , hotels and community events. Teaching is her passion.

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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.

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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 opened 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.

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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 if 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.

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

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

Audrey Hunt

© 2010 Audrey Hunt

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      Bala,India 4 weeks ago

      Nice write up. Our youngsters should know that death is the only solution for the problem. Poor students!We have to inculcate in them confidence, love and patience. New life has been given to the boy. I appreciate.

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      Audrey Hunt 7 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      RTalloni

      Thank you for your kind comments - powerful and on target. How vital it is to think before we speak. I've been the recipient of harsh unkind words in the past. It devastates me and I never want to make anyone else feel this way.

      Thank you

      Enjoy this day

      Audrey

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      RTalloni 7 weeks ago from the short journey

      Thank you for sharing this incident online and for including that he has a family of his own to love, and to love him. You've related the experience with Edward beautifully, not a surprise from you. :) Thank you also for framing this in the context of the power of words. How easy it is to forget that truth and be careless! Making a positive and even life-changing/saving difference in people's lives with our words is something we should not take for granted.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 weeks ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dream On

      I've thought about this experience through the years and give thanks for following my heart instead of my head. As you've pointed out school can be tough for many students especially those that are bullied.

      Thank you for reading my hub and leaving such a great comment.

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      DREAM ON 2 months ago

      A story like yours is timeless. I am just reading it now. How true words are so powerful. You have changed one boys life Edward and the story continues to change lives. Thank you for sharing and being the kind person that you are. School can be a tough time for so many students. We all weren't cut out to be top of the class. For A students it is just another A. For a C or D student it is a dream. I am glad you followed your heart and gave the boy a break. You seen something that nobody else seen. Have a great night.

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      inyang 3 months ago

      am moved.... to every one every where there us a purpose..

      true to the fact that life some times sucks... but it is false to think that u simply need to end it(that which you can not create)... i love this story

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Dear Thish

      Thank you so much for your comments. And you are so on target. It seems that we are encompassed with terrible news day after day. It's a welcome relief to hear about life-changing positive stories. Appreciate your support Thish.

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      Thish 3 months ago

      wow.such and amazing inspiring story. i shared it with my daughter too. When world is full of anger , hate and war.. this reminds me there is still hope for a better world.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Hi Jackie

      This happened a long time ago but it remains so close to my heart. I learned such a valuable lesson from this experience. Thank you.

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      Jackie Lynnley 4 months ago from The Beautiful South

      What a beautiful story Audrey and it has to give you so much joy thinking about this young man and the life he has today giving back as you gave to him.

      We should all have a story to read like this every day...or better yet, have our own to tell about.

      Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 months ago

      Very inspirational

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      Audrey Hunt 4 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Shyron

      I'm so glad you read my story. I've learned a valuable lesson from this experience. Thank you for being here.

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      Shyron E Shenko 5 months ago

      Audrey, this story had me crying. You are such a caring person.

      Blessings my dear friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 5 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Debangee

      Your comments are so touching. Thank you for being here my friend.

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      DEBANGEE MANDAL 5 months ago from India

      Amazing, inspirational hub..worth reading it.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Rolly

      The words we speak carry a power house of influence. We never know how the phrases we speak and the words we choose may change the direction of someone's life.

      I learned a valuable lesson from this experience. Thank you for your example of love and support. It means everything to me!

      Super hugs back,

      Audrey

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      Rolly A Chabot 6 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Edward was dearly blessed with you having him in your class. God Bless you for being there for Edward. Those few words of encouragement impacted him in a profound way. We just live you to pieces girl... such a heart...

      Love from Canada

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      Nithya Venkat 6 months ago from Dubai

      Edward is lucky to have you as his teacher. Your kind words saved his life.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Thank you so much!

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      Bella Allred 6 months ago

      That was beautiful, inspiring and very well written.

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      Deepali Awasare 7 months ago from Vadodara

      Such a touching experience Audrey..... Can totally relate to it as I am a teacher myself ..... Loved it ....very inspiring ... Will make me think twice before judging someone ...thanks

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Life isn't easy that's for sure. You make a good point about taking time to really listen to a kid. Thank you so much.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      lena rogers

      Teachers have a huge responsibility to influence students in a way that makes them feel special and loved. Thanks for your great comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Issac Sanchez

      You are so right to say that life would be so much easier if we were all a little nicer to others. Thanks for being here.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      emily chavez

      Yes, being bullied is abusive and destructive. Thanks for mentioning this. If we only knew the background of a person we wouldn't be so quick to be mean to them. You

      ve made a very good point Emily. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Lexi

      You've said it well! Sometimes we need to look beyond the surface of peoples actions. Treating everyone like they are an A person would sure make the world a better place. Thanks so much for reading my article and for your wonderful comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Chelsea Ruiz

      Thank goodness for your friend. How kind of her to help you with your homework and to be there for you. Being a kid isn't easy is it? I hope you're doing well and please stay happy.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      jackson myers

      I'm sorry to hear that you've gone through some tough times like this. I appreciate your comments and hope my article was helpful.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Reyna

      You bring up a good point about the bullying. We really don't know what is going on in the mind of another person. Thank you for sharing your comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Kelsey

      When we speak to another person we just never know what the effect might be. It's so important to avoid making judgments about others. Thank you so much for your kind comments.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Angel Wence. The power of words can change a persons life. We never know when someone needs our encouragement just to get through life. You're making this world a better place by helping others. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Nathan. Thank you for sharing your very helpful comments along with your story. You did a beautiful thing by going up to this person and talking to him. You were the first one to do that and now you're friends. Marvelous! Keep up the good work. We all need more like you in this world.

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      Minnetonka Twin 8 months ago

      What a blessing that I came upon this moving story about Edward. Hope is powerful and you conveyed that beautifully.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      kandyce

      We each have a choice when we speak to another person. We can be supportive and compassionate or we can be direct, harsh and therefore destructive. Thank you for your kind comments kandyce.

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      Audrey Hunt 8 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Every word we utter affects someone, somewhere. We never know what the outcome will be. Thanks.

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      Audrey Hunt 12 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      Johnny

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

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      jackson myers 12 months 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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      lena rogers 13 months 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.

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      Isaac Sanchez 13 months 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.

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      emily chavez 13 months 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.

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      Lexi 13 months 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.

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      Chelsea Ruiz 13 months 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.

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      jackson myers 13 months 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.

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      Audrey Hunt 13 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      bravewarrior

      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.

      Hugs,

      Audrey

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      Reyna 13 months 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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      Kelsey 13 months 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.

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      Julian 13 months 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!!

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      Angel Wence 13 months 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.

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      Nathan Nykaza 13 months 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.

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      kandyce kitto 13 months 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

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      markus kulisek 13 months 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

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      Johnny 13 months 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!

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months 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.

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      word55

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

      Blessings,

      Audrey

      Chris

      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,

      Audrey

      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.

      Audrey

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      Mel Carriere 14 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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      Chris St Thomas More 16 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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      Word 16 months ago from Chicago

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

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      Audrey Hunt 17 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      alexandria 17 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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      Audrey Hunt 18 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      maria

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

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      maria hernandexz 21 months ago

      hello

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      Amber Rose 22 months ago from Sydney

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

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      Audrey Hunt 23 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

      Audrey

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      Kara Skinner 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      renee21 2 years ago

      Great hub!

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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

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

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      taylor 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

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      Paula 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

      Audrey

      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.

      Audrey

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      Kristen Howe 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Nithya Venkat 2 years 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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      Mothers of Nations 2 years 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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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years 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 you...you were that one person. Outstanding story! :)

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years 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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      shanmarie 2 years ago

      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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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      I cry every time I read this one Audrey!

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      Suzette Walker 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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.

      Audrey

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      mamamikks 2 years 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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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Caitlyn

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

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      Caitlyn 3 years ago

      This was beautiful

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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

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      Lenzy 3 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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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Maria Jordan 4 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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      Mary 4 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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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Audrey Hunt 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      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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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 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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      Janelle 5 years ago from Houston

      Hope is the greatest thing. Wonderful hub!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 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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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

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

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      Mohan Kumar 5 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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      Sheila Brown 5 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!!!