Chelsea Makes West London Man’s Day

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I keep in touch via ‘Social Media’with many ex-students from my days as a Secondary School teacher of Art and Design.

The pupils I taught were in the age range 11 to 18, mixed ability, boys and girls from a variery of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Now, I don’t make a habit of doing this, but I thought I would share this with you, because it was so out of the blue.

It came in the form of a message last Saturday morning from … let’s call her Chelsea to save her embarrassment. Although Chelsea and I have been ‘friends’ for years and I have always been a fan of her upbeat Facebook greetings (and occasional rants!) we have never corresponded. This is the first time and is reproduced word for word below.

Best art teacher ever. xx

Chelsea, I’m honoured!

Seriously though Mr Daly- best teacher I ever had. A true legend.

What’s brought this on?

Always thought it, but just thought I’d say. Only lesson I actually liked lol

Thanks. Made my day.

R u still teaching?

No. Had to give it up. I’ve had Parkinson’s for 13 years, so life is a bit of a battle.

Your’re a true inspiration sir- u were always my fav teacher. Loved your lessons and always an inspiration.

Thanks. Hope life is treating you well.

All good thank you. I hated school but looked forward to art- u taught me to express myself.

Well to help people to express themselves was all I set out to do. I miss it but when people say the kind of things you have I feel better.

U r a true legend sir.

Look after yourself Chelsea. I love your daily messages – ‘Good morning you gorgeous lot’ Keep ’em coming! X

I will sir- and keep being you! I have the up most respect for you xx

Look at that hair! and the tie ... What was I thinking?

Look at that hair! and the tie … What was I thinking?

A few words that mean a lot.

© Andy Daly 2013

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