I had to write on my Goodreads’ profile page who my greatest influence as a writer was and only one person owns that title—my 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Topitzes.
My family and I lived in Milwaukee, Wisconsin during that time and we moved away after my 6th grade year which was over thirty years ago. I just texted my brother to verify the spelling of her last name and I floored him because he was just thinking about her last week! Apparently she made an everlasting impression on the both of us.
Mrs. Topitzes told me that I was a great writer, and I owned her words throughout my life. I was a shy, awkward kid, so her words gave me a purpose and direction and writing has been my best companion ever since. Thank you, Mrs. Topitzes, for giving me my voice.
Our words have the power to change the course of a life. Was it a teacher or someone else who changed yours and which direction did your compass point?
I would love to hear your comments and examples of how the power of words influenced your direction.
(Proverbs 12:14) “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things, and the work of their hands brings them reward.”