The Golden Spike


After I retired from teaching elementary school, I spent a couple of years doing home repair. Then, I began a hands-on building construction class with our local community college. We partnered with Habitat for Humanity doing class instruction in the morning and helping build the new Habitat houses in the afternoon.
John was our site supervisor for the build. He worked well with us and encouraged the guys and girls to do their best. At the end of the eight week class, he gave each student a golden spike to help them remember what they learned in the class. I still have the spike he gave me hanging on my garage wall.

Teaching touches lives in ways we may never know
Measuring, cutting lumber, hammering nails;
Building houses, shaping lives, making memories…
John, the master builder, shared his knowledge and wisdom
At the end a golden spike for each student
Learning the importance of working together

Photo: Dwight L. Roth
Today at d’Verse De Jackson asked us to write a Quadrille of 44 words and use the word spike in any form we choose. I chose the word spike as it is used in building.
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28 thoughts on “The Golden Spike

  1. That igolden spike is a lovely remembrance of your time learning under John’s class and helping out with Habitat. I like that teaching means touching lives. Your volunteer time with Habitat also makes a difference to others.

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  2. It’s quite a memory, Dwight! I love my teaching job and I’m still teaching in a sense. The last class I taught was how to set up a blog using WordPress. I had a promotion of my book on Amazon and got #3 of the Top 100 Best Sellers last Saturday. I’m preparing a class to teach many authors in my Publish Before You Perish class. So I don’t stop teaching!!

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