My Turn: Two new stars in the night sky
The lady from the past, a place called the Soapworks, needs to add her heartfelt cents regarding two amazing people.
Imagine my surprise when I saw Dr. Krissoff in People magazine! I had hoped it would be good news, but it broke my heart instead.
Dr. Krissoff, your son is one of two new stars shining brilliantly in the night sky. My family ” including my “hematoma husband” ” send you our love and laud you for your ability to take on this amazing new occupation. You make lesser souls look pale and we can all learn from your love and compassion.
Betty Long: I believe she was my third-grade teacher in Tahoe City (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth), but she gave me something so special that I will never forget her nor would I want to. She gave me wings to fly, songs to sing and knowledge by the bucket load.
Aside from another Tahoe teacher (Lilian Farr), she was a real thing. She lit up my brain when she taught me to believe in myself, to make use of my talents. She told me “never forget, never stop learning and always grab life by the tail and give more than you get.”
That was Betty Long. She had a smile bigger than California and the joyous laugh of a songbird, but she could be stern if need be. I still have my third-grade report card informing my parents that I talked a bit too much (can’t win them all).
Betty Long is the second new star in the night sky. What a woman, what a role model. She loved and cared for every child and gave her students many tools, all useful and guaranteed for life. Maybe she is making Craftsman school books wherever she is now. She sure is a bright star out there!
So, thank you Dr. Krissoff for everything you have done for so many people both near and far. May you fulfill your heart’s desire, even though one was taken from your family too soon. Perhaps your goal is a wish of his.
You are brave and strong and your son’s light does shine down on all of us, just as his memory fills your family’s heart.
And Betty Long, er, I mean Mrs. Long, you will be missed by many children who sat at desks in your Tahoe City classroom, but especially by this person, because you took me under your wing at a time when my small world was cracking apart. I am happy that I had the opportunity to learn at Mrs. Long’s side and I am happy to have had the skills of Dr. Krissoff to mend my husband on more than one occasion because he played too hard.
Thank you for stars, though I wish they were on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood instead; thank you for knowledge, thank you for amazing precision and thank you for being a part of my world and my family’s as well. You are Heroes One and All.