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October 26, 2012

Life can be a series of consequences

MOOREHEAD, Ky. — Dictionary.com defines “consequence” as the effect, result, or outcome of something occurring earlier.

A friend introduces you to a total stranger who eventually becomes your life’s companion.

A relative recommends a college you hadn’t considered but it proves to be a perfect fit that positively impacts your future.

You take “a job” temporarily, out of necessity, which leads you to “the job” and a successful career.

In one case, being expelled from a high school class opened the door to acquiring a basic skill that, in turn, led down a path that literally and permanently altered the path of that person’s life.

A cocky teenager, typically young and dumb at the same time, ends up in a class he didn’t like or want and being taught by someone he didn’t know.

It had to do with physical sciences and he didn’t want to spend that much time on homework.

He harassed the teacher in the first two weeks of the term, unaware at the time that she was struggling with personal problems.

Fed up with his attitude, she banned him from the class and sent him to study hall in the school library.

A day later, the school counselor informed him that he needed to pick up another class in order to stay on track to graduate.

That night, he confided in his dear mother, who suggested he try to get into a typewriting class, describing it as a lifelong skill.

He scoffed at the notion, saying he didn’t want to be anyone’s secretary. Besides, the school’s business teacher was new and he was not doing well in relationships with new teachers.

But his reputation had gotten around the teacher’s lounge and no one was willing to let him add their class, except that young business teacher who had one open chair in beginning typing.

Wise beyond her years, the business teacher said she would tolerate no foolishness. He believed her and responded accordingly.

Being able to type soon led to an assignment as the school’s unpaid correspondent for weekly and daily newspapers.

That experience led to journalism classes in college which, in turn, led to part-time and then full-time jobs as a reporter and editor.

Those jobs led to a career in public relations that eventually led back to a second stint in newspapering.

That last change provided the opportunity to tell the stories of his life in a weekly newspaper column.

I hope my typing teacher noticed there are no misspellings in these 425 words.

KEITH KAPPES is a columnist for The Morehead (Ky.) News. Contact him at kkappes@cnhi.com.

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