Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Batman memories

Dad taught 8th grade chemistry for many years.  He won teaching awards and kept in touch with many of his students after graduation. Not too long ago, a former student wrote a letter to the editor of the Lafayette paper. She was expressing an opinion on a current issue in the schools, but to make her point she described the memories she had of excellent teachers -- and she mentioned dad by name. She praised his teaching skills but also remarked on the  genuine interest he took in his students, their lives, and their problems and concerns as young people.

As a teacher of middle school students, dad had schtick. He told the kids he was Batman and wove Batman references and stories into his lectures. Our family was in on the joke too, and Batman references were part of our household. In January, I bought dad Batman stamps (pictured right) -- but he never got to use them.

There was a time when it was hard to find Batman paraphernalia, but DC Comics are hot right now! I think of my dad every time I see the logo, and sometimes I indulge in a purchase.

 I stumbled on this night shirt at Walmart.com. Oh a whim I bought it -- for 12.95 why not? Turns out it is a lovely, comfortable fabric, and I'm so glad I have it!


  1. I live in Indiana not too far from Ladoga. I swear I saw a sign recently that said Batman Memorial Highway on either 39 or 38. It was in passing and couldn't get a good look, so it probably says Bateman or something similar. The thought of Indiana having a Batman Memorial Highway makes me giggle though.

  2. Great memories like that keep your Dad alive in your heart. Thanks for sharing the stories.

  3. What a lovely memory and nice tribute about your dad. Cute nightshirt.

  4. How very cool to have awesome memories of your dad!!! This was/is a very nice and very happy read. Thank you for sharing.


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