June 30th, 2009
It has been quite some time since I was able to write to all of you. This summer school thing really doesn’t play around. In the beginning of this summer session, things were hard, yet they were also smooth all at the same time thanks to the best teacher I have ever had. He is not only my favorite teacher that I’ve had in college, but probably my favorite that I have had period. His name is Dr. John Tanner, and he recently experienced a great deal of misfortune. Tanner is a visiting professor from University of Louisiana Lafayette. He comes to A&M each summer to teach a couple of different classes in the Information System Department. The class that I am taking is INFO 305. Many consider this to be one of the toughest classes they take while at Mays. I had been advised to take this class during the summer since it is condensed, and because of Tanner’s amazing way of teaching tough material that may not be very appealing. A few years back, Tanner was in his office in Louisiana when someone attempted to rob him and proceeded to cut his throat. Tanner kept his composure by holding pressure on the wound until paramedics arrived, and he was back teaching the following day. He used this as an example to us in class which made so much sense to me. Just when you think you have it tough, consider the fact that you could be holding your life in your hand while waiting for medical attention to arrive. When he told us this story, I knew this man was a warrior, and an amazingly inspirational person.
After two weeks of summer school, I was cruising along making pretty good grades in his class when another tragedy hit Dr. Tanner. He had told me that he starts his day at four in the morning by riding his bike many miles. Two weeks ago, a car hit Tanner during his morning ride. The car was estimated to have been going around sixty miles per hour, and sent Tanner thirty feet. The last I heard of his condition was that he was still critical with several broken bones, and had been transported back to Louisiana. Considering the situation of car vs. bicycle, Tanner got really lucky, but he still has a long way to go towards recovery. For all of you who believe God answers our prayers, Dr. John Tanner could sure use your prayers. Again, this is a great man who I know rises to the occasion when adversity strikes.
Since Tanner’s accident, we have had two different teachers, and I’ve struggled through the class. Summer one ends Thursday, however, and I know I will make it through it. Each time I become frustrated, I remember where Dr. Tanner is and have to stop and think that this is nothing, and it is time to kick it in gear, because that is what Tanner would do. So for all of you struggling with something in life, try putting life in perspective. It really makes the challenges we face much easier. Again pray for Dr. Tanner, and God Bless.