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Meeting My Second Grade Teacher

Christy and Aiden in front of Lincoln High School

If you’ve visited the “About Christy” page of my website or read my blog post, “The Birth of a Book,” you know I give my second-grade teacher, Mrs. Olson, credit for inspiring me to become a writer.

A year ago, I inquired about her to a reporter at my hometown’s newspaper, the Thief River Falls Times. That wonderful reporter knew who I was talking about and connected me with Mrs. Olson.

Mrs. Olson and I talked on the phone a couple of times, but the excitement grew as I told her of our trip to Minnesota.

I told her I would love to speak to students where my dad taught school and she went to work.

Soon, I was in contact with not only the principal of Challenger Elementary, but also a communications teacher at Franklin Junior High, where I went to school. He arranged a book signing at Diamonds and Designs, where Mrs. Olson volunteers.

I enjoyed every minute of my book tour, but the best moment I had was having dinner with Mrs. Susan Olson. I didn’t know what to call her, respectfully, since the entire town knows her as “Susie.” I settled on calling her Miss Susie.

We talked like old friends and had so much in common, down to our taste in clothing! I’m forever grateful to Miss Susie!