DON'T BE SORRY BE RIGHT!
If you ever had Coach Jim Coston as a teacher,
you heard those words. If you ever felt like you had made a mistake
and said I'm sorry Coach, this was always his reply. He never meant
it sarcastic. It was a reply that made you think about your actions.
Before you did something you would ask yourself, "Will I be sorry
for this later or am I doing the right thing?"
Jim Coston touched a lot of lives. Mine was one of many. My senior year
in high school was when I learned to appreciate my teachers and their
wisdom. He taught my Sociology class that year. He taught me more by
his actions than he did from the book. Since I was married at such an
early age I was very scared of married life. He was quick to let me
know that marriage took work but it was worth it. He was so proud of
his beautiful wife that he always kept a picture of her on his desk
and not a day went by that we did not hear a story about his daughters.
His entry in my senior annual was about how important children are in
our lives. His students were very important to him also.
He treated us as though
we were family. How many male teachers would have thought of leaving crackers
in their desk for a pregnant teenager? Coach Coston did for me. There was
one student that felt like his goal in life was to make me cry. Coach Coston
always found a job for me outside of the class when this guy was in one
of his moods. That saved me from so much humiliation and hurt.
When my mom
would visit the school Coach was sure to let her know how I was doing. He
was just as concerned about my future as he was about my school grades.
He wanted us to be successful but most of all Coach wanted us to be happy.
I left Alabama after I graduated and thought I might not ever see him again.
I was so glad when I saw him after I moved back. Of course he was concerned
about how my children and I were doing. I hardly ever saw him after that
we did not take time to talk.