Monday, March 31, 2008

The Government Teacher

Imagine my surprise when my daughter and I, delivering daffodils to the local nursing home, ran into my high school government teacher. Pushing a walker and dressed impeccably, she might have broken a speed limit, if there were one, for senior citizens pushing walkers.

The interesting factoid about Mrs. Trusch is that she also taught my father government when he attended school. In the 1950's.

To say she's a legend is an understatement. This petite, well-preserved woman commanded and demanded nothing but order, attention, respect and passion as it related to the classroom, but especially to the topic of government.

When my daughter and I saw her, she was racing down the hallway. With our basket of flowers, we hurriedly asked her if she'd like some. (Warning: Trying to converse with a bound and determined race-walker may cause whiplash.)

"Sure," she said. "I'm in Room 15. But I'm hardly ever there."

I'm glad she's hardly ever in that room and that she's racing up and down the hallways. Otherwise, I doubt she'd have the wisdom and presence of mind to make the next statement, which was, "And thank GOD I'm not teaching government today. I wouldn't know who to vote for."

For a tiny thing, she sure does have man-sized opinions.

Mrs. Trusch is an honorable and a great lady, with an impeccable sense of style.

And I guarantee there isn't one 80+ year old in the country who can beat her in a 100-yard hall dash....pushing a walker.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Chesapeake Bay Woman, for this wonderful, heartfelt mention of our lady, Mrs. Marion VonTrusch! Even her name is one of distinction. Although disappointed to hear she is at a new home away from home, I am elated to hear that she is still being VonTrusch-like. I absolutely adore that woman!
Thanks, Dr. Janice Blake-Brooks (I owe her)

Chesapeake Bay Woman said...

Hey, Dr. Blake-Brooks, I am so glad you're here. I hope you come back often, because you were such an important part of my life growing up here in Mathews.

And stay just might see a blog post on your favorite topic: You.

Occasional Kate said...

I love this story! I grew up down the road from Mrs. Trusch's place and I remember going to visit her when I was a kid. She was very opinionated, but a sweet woman. Glad to hear that she's still spry in her old age!