As I enjoyed my retirement years basking in the Florida sun, I eventually realized I had to sit down and take stock of my life. I had to come to terms with what must be done with my estate and since there were no family members to consider in my will, an alternative plan had to be devised. I questioned myself on the contributions I had made to humanity and the prospects of what would be bequeathed to posterity. What was most important in my life? There was no doubt about that answer and it was my career in teaching and my love of English.
I always enjoyed teaching English because of my loving relationship with words. I was fond of telling my ESOL students that words were delicious and you could roll them around in your mouth and savor their sweetness. They looked at me in awe and wondered how they could build up such a feeling for the cumbersome verbiage they had to swallow in learning their new language. However, I believe such a feeling is innate, and at the tender age of ten, I announced to the world that I was going to be a teacher because I loved words! I read prolifically and still do, making books my constant companions.
I did make an impact on the world and I wish to continue through others who will benefit from my contribution to the pursuit of English and all its ramifications.
My decision to give a gift to Fredonia in the form of an English scholarship is my way of indicating that indeed I was here, I did make an impact on the world and I wish to continue through others who will benefit from my contribution to the pursuit of English and all its ramifications. The technology of the New Age is leaving the learning of English skills far behind and our youth are losing out on the glory of being able to use their own language to the fullest. I hope there will be many others to follow me who have the same love of English that I have always had. In my high school yearbook, I wrote: "I would like to leave my knowledge of English to apportion among all those that come after me" — how prophetic!
—Dolores J. Djelailja, '59
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