Thanks To My Coach:
--by MtnGoat, posted May 19, 2014
Hello Mr. D,
I hope this finds you well. Perhaps a letter would be more appropriate here but I will take this opportunity to send you a huge "Thank You".
When I first signed up for your art class, I was in 9th grade and at a somewhat difficult time. My good friend was on the shady side and I was near going down that path with him, when you convinced me to join the Nordic ski team. This ended up being a huge turning point for me and I credit you entirely.
At that time I held a certain amount of rebellion and anger towards my father. It was you who told me straight up what a good man he was and that I had wonderful parents. I really did need to hear that, and I'm glad you said so.
Finally, somehow you tolerated my total lack of talent in art. Thank you for giving me a chance, and setting me straight on many levels. I have only fond memories of our time together, skiing, training, rock climbing, and living.
I hope he doesn't need it like I did, but I can only hope my own son, now 13, will encounter such a wonderful guide/coach at some point. I'm sure you have touched many lives in a similar fashion. Thank you.
I wish you the very best,