Who thought this was a good topic?
Oh, wait, I did. I'm pretty sure I suggested it when the call went out a while ago. What was I thinking? That the only way I'd make a resolution and (maybe) keep it, was to go public?
So here's one fall resolution: to learn something new every day.
My quondam high school, Revere, Massachusetts
My high school Italian teacher, Signorina Mafera, died at age 99 a few years ago. When she was only 94, she wanted to read my then-new periodic table mystery novels so she could learn some science.
Every summer, Signorina Mafera took a class in a subject she knew nothing about, so she'd understand better what her freshmen would be going through in the fall. Not a bad idea.
She never married (she hinted that there might have been a dark, handsome man on a cruise one year) and was dedicated to us. She was a very slight woman, but we knew if we failed to work as hard as she did, there'd be Dante's Inferno waiting for us around the corner. In a town where many of us were the first in our families to finish high school and only a small fraction even thought of college, Signorina Mafera made us read La Commedia in Italian.
In her honor (and that of so many other great teachers in my life) I resolve to learn something(s) this fall. I'm starting small, with a new word a day, hoping to work up to a new app a week.
Today's word: quondam – former, onetime
Fall resolutions may help me break quondam bad habits.