Dear Mr. Hatfield, It’s Jupiter Jones from the Three Investigators Club! I know! It’s been almost 25 years; where has the time gone??? I just thought you’d like to know what happened to your favorite trio. 🙂 Well, Tobi became an R.C.M.P. Officer and is now living in the Northwest Territories with her husband and new baby. Lisa followed in her father’s footsteps and became a lawyer just like she said she would. And as for me, I followed in your footsteps and became a teacher. Yes, I know! I can hear you now! You ALWAYS told me how ‘brilliant’ I was and would be ‘amazed’ if I didn’t end up being the doctor who found the cure for cancer or the lawyer who changed the world. You always said it would be ‘such a waste’. But, before you say another word, let me say this: if I can be even half the teacher you were, I will positively affect more lives than any doctor or lawyer, combined, ever could. Even as I sit here with tears in my eyes, lost in a haze of some of the happiest moments of my life, I know that I will NEVER find words powerful enough to express how blessed I am to have been your student. I won’t even try to come up with some cliche blurb – you know that’s not my style. Just know this: YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE. Academically, your teaching methods brought me to the top of the class – a place you inspired me to hold for years to come. And emotionally…well, let’s just say, that when that shy, skinny, eczema-covered kid walked into your class everyday, she forgot about all the humiliating taunting and teasing that brought her to tears on a daily basis…and for the first time in her life, experienced true joy, happiness, and laughter. You will never know how you’ve changed my life… Jupe

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