Mentoring—with love

WHAT KID WOULDN'T BENEFIT from positive rolemodels to help balance his or her life? For three years in high school, I had the opportunity to attend an excellent vocational program. Every two weeks, I spent my school days in commercial art class. The instructor, Mr. Smith, was a exceptional artist and teacher. He let us call him "Smittie."

He kept a radio behind his desk, and sometimes he'd turn it up if a Grateful Dead song came on, and dance a few crazy steps. To me this meant it's OK to be spontaneous and not take yourself too seriously, even if you're the one in charge. We all thought he was very cool, and found much to emulate in him.

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