Impact of Teachers
I have a story to tell you,
Today we launched our second episode of Story Ink called Impact of Teachers. The film tells the story of Jerod Goodale’s tattoo which is a memorial piece for his Mom who passed away from cancer. You see, Jerod’s mom was a teacher and when she passed, his brother and him made a road trip to Laguna Beach to spread her ashes in the ocean. The tattoo that Jerod and George Munoz created is an apple with a sunset image inside of it of where her ashes were scattered. The tattoo is beautiful and is fitting for a woman, family and place that are incredible.
Jerod is the head coach of the School of Mines baseball team (go Orediggers!). In the first seconds of meeting him you can see why he is a coach. He is extremely friendly and drips of stories, enthusiasm, curiosity and insight. There is enormous pride that Jerod has in not only what his mother meant to him and his family, but also how incredible she was as a teacher. We talked forever about what it was like to be a teacher and grow up with two parents that were teachers. It included the incredible behind-the-scenes hard work, the much-less-than-deserved pay and the extreme humility that goes with all of it. One of my favorite lines towards the end of the film is when Jerod talks about the impact his Mom had and the stories he heard from all of those individuals she touched. When Jerod was telling me about these people who had great memories of his mom, he says, “...she wouldn’t tell you about, that’s not why they’re doing it.” She was humble in the impact she had. She didn't need the notoriety. A teacher. A hero.
It was such an honor to hear the story of Jerod’s mom. It was also an honor to hear Jerod’s story. We spoke about spirituality and the invisible hand that spirituality can play in our lives. We talked about the beauty of tattoo and the addiction of finding great art to express wonderful memories. We talked about families and raising small children.
Prior to meeting Jerod, there would likely had been no chance that I would go to an Oredigger baseball game, but I can tell you now that my wife, boys and I will attend and cheer for a great guy who had a great mentor and continued the impact by sharing their story.
Here is to great stories,