38 CHOICES | 2017 WINTER ISSUE
SMALL IDEA BIG REWARDS BY PAT TURNER
When I was completing a major in education at Central Washington University in the late sixties, I received a gift from a literature professor that has literally reached far and wide over the years. What started as a prize for answering a question continues to give me joy decades later.
Just out of college, I moved to California for my first teaching job. After eight years I moved back to Washington. In my travels and tucked away in a drawer, I found this little bookworm made of yarn that had hitched a ride during my first adventures. It caught my attention as something that would be fun to make.
I was nine years old when mother and grandma taught me how to crochet. Busy with a new career and life, I didn’t make anything for years. Then I found the bookworm one day, and started playing around with the idea of making some, and soon it morphed into something that was kind of cute. And as they say, “The rest is history”! Being a teacher and always promoting literacy, this became a very worthwhile tool to inspire students. Amazing what we all do for that carrot that is held in front of us. The success of my students was always a primary goal, so I worked really hard so that in the end everyone got a bookworm.