This is just a short update about the saga of my journey to find Jenny Lind Porter, my former teacher at Huston-Tillotson College (H-TC, now Huston-Tillotson University) in Austin Texas back in the mid-1970s.
I finally found her with the help of the Austin Poetry Society (APS). Well, at least I found her address. She has no internet contact information, which didn’t surprise me. So I had to try to reconnect with her the old-fashioned way–by writing a letter.
She probably won’t remember me and I left out the part about not actually graduating from H-TC, instead transferring credits up to Iowa State University, and eventually going to medical school at The University of Iowa.
It was a little difficult to write an old-fashioned letter to Dr. Porter, after all the writing I’ve done on the internet through my blog, mostly. You know, I think I got a little lazy by getting used to hyperlinks instead of my memory and all the art of crafting words to elicit images a reader can sense without JPEG images or YouTube videos. That was something Dr. Porter tried to teach me long ago, an old-fashioned way to teach in a time when we had to learn the old-fashioned skills.
The most important thing, though, was the precious chance to thank my teacher while she is still alive for everything she gave me. What an extraordinary opportunity, to just say “thank you” without emoticons or URLs, e-mail addresses, instantaneous uploads and downloads–just some heartfelt words and a postage stamp in honor of the old-fashioned ways.