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( For the visually challenged reader, the image shows a board covered with hand written messages about love)
Stella Addy had never married and had dedicated her life to teaching.
In her youth, she had believed in romantic novels, handsome heroes and beautiful women destined to love and be together forever.
Her life hadn’t worked out like that, and she often wondered if it was because she had been too fussy with her expectations as a young adult, then disillusioned in twenties and finally disinterested by the time she was thirty five.
It was ironic then that her class was to discuss Love and Relationships, when she herself hadn’t experienced either.
Times had changed, relationships were more complex, and attitudes were different, so not wishing to appear foolish and naive, she hit on the idea of the Love Board.
At the beginning of the lesson, she told the class to write a short note on their concept , opinion, desire or thoughts about love and put it on the board ready for discussion, then left the room.
There were murmurs and a few giggles, though the board was practically filled by the time Stella re-entered the room. She was extremely pleased with the response, and the debates that followed were probably the highlight of her career.