“KEEP THIS IN MIND: THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES.” James Patterson
“Coincidence: remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection; fate.” Heartwarming stories abound of inexplicable coincidences that enrich and reward those who are involved in the event and those who hear the stories. Each week we hear these types of stories over and over.
Just last week some viewers of the national evening news heard the wonderful story of two families who happened to be at a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game the same evening. John, a member of one of the families, is a heart transplant recipient. While, John did not know the name of the young man whose heart beat in his chest, he had received a picture of the young man. What are the chances that another family attending the game had a picture of the young donor on T-Shirts that they were wearing? It might be unlikely, but one of John’s family members mentioned to him that the picture looked a lot like the picture of his donor.
John approached a member of the other family to say that he thought he was alive that day because of their loved one’s gift of his heart. After a brief give-and-take, it was determined that the picture of the young man on the family’s shirts was, in fact, the donor of John’s heart. In an emotional scene, John hugged each family member close to his chest so that they could each hear their loved one’s heart beat one more time.
With tears flowing freely, everyone from both families said that the day’s event had been incredible and life-changing!
Louis Malfaro is the president of one of the Texas teachers’ groups. He shared recently a story that is filled with once-in-a-lifetime coincidences. Mr. Malfaro was speaking on the steps of the state Capitol in March, and his remarks were broadcast across the state. Aisha Lee, a former student of Malfaro’s when he was a classroom teacher, heard his speech and reached out to him. In a post on Facebook, Aisha asked Louis if he remembered her. His answer shocked her. He replied to the query, “Remember you? Your picture hangs on the wall of my office!”
These are Ms. Lee’s words posted online, “[The] photo was taken when I was 8 or 9 years old at Blackshear Elementary in Austin, Texas. Candidate for governor Ann Richards, who later became governor of Texas, stopped by my school and met with teachers and students. Mr. Malfaro is in the picture with me, Ann Richards, and my best friend Ashland…I write all of this to say that you never know who you will inspire in this thing called life. Live a life that is worthy of inspiration, and the lives you touch will be immeasurable…I thank those that have paved the way for me to be who and what I am today.”
And who and what is Aisha Lee today? She is a person who describes herself as dedicated to service, and serving as a teacher in the New Boston ISD!
With the last few school days of the 2018-2019 school year speeding by, it is a good time to reflect on a life-changing coincidence that happened each school year; the assigning of students to teachers. With that one act, administrators often change the direction of students’ lives. In a recent poll, 91% of Americans said that when they were in school they had a teacher who had a large impact upon their lives. Hopefully, each student/teacher relationship in Texas schools is as rewarding as the one between Aisha Lee and Mr. Malfaro.