Being chosen last is not fun. And it's an experience that's not easily forgotten. The topic came up recently when someone noted in a conversation that I was once a physical education teacher (about 100 years ago).
Another person said how much she had loved gym class. That prompted another in our group to say, "Yeah, well, you weren't ever chosen last. I was always chosen last."
The comment made me glad that, as a teacher, I used different methods to divide into teams, not the one that involves someone sitting on the floor alone as the last pick.
But I did think back to my own junior high and high school days. A bespectacled girl in my P.E. classes was smart, short and always seemed a bit nervous. She could play the piano like a dream, but when it came to anything athletic, she was chosen last, or close to it.
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Today, she has been chosen many, many times. She has received countless well-deserved awards for helping thousands of children through the organizations she has founded.
She adopted children with mental and physical disabilities. As long as I have known her, she has tirelessly helped family and friends, sharing her time, treasures and talent. And she is one of the most joyful people you'll ever meet.
She doesn't know how much she has taught me.
Even as a ridiculously competitive team captain, I should have picked her first, second or at least third. In the end, she was the winner.
Coming up — If you love fashion shows, you'll be happy to know there are several coming up.
• Johnston's Fall Fashion Event is Oct. 28. It begins at 7 p.m. with a social hour, followed by the show at 8. Tickets are $50. Call 316-682-1000. The event is a benefit for Children's Miracle Network.
• The Wichita Eagle's Holiday Highlights, A Fashion Affair, will be Nov. 7 at the CAC Theater on the Wichita State University campus. It's a show I do annually in conjunction with Eagle fashion coverage. This show benefits the African American Faculty and Staff Association Scholarship Fund at Wichita State. VIP tickets for $50 include a 5:30 p.m. pre-show reception. Regular tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Call 316-978-3695.
• Fashion Passion: A Naughty and Nice Runway Show and Auction, will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Beech Activity Center. This is a benefit for Rainbows United. More information at fashionpassionhome.org or by calling 316-267-KIDS.