The classroom was silent, awaiting the arrival of its occupants following their break for summer. Rows of desks sat patient; the blackboard was scrubbed clean.
Jordan stood in the doorway, taking in the sight and smell of it. He let himself drift back in memory to the time when he was a child and a room like this was his own sanctuary. A smile ghosted across his face as he did so.
“So now it’s your turn?” asked a voice. Jordan looked back over his left shoulder, letting his body turn lazily with him.
“Mister Devereaux,” he said with a grin. “It’s been a while.”
“I saw your name on the faculty list.”
“Yes, sir. I wanted to give something back to Edison Junior. Well, honestly, to you,” he added. He pointed to the sign above the teacher’s desk. It was of wood, with letters not an inch in height engraved upon its surface. All men are made one for another; either then teach them better or bear with them.
“Marcus Aurelius,” Jordan said. “When I was a kid I wondered what it meant.”
“And you have discovered what?”
“That it is the duty of every man to help others. That I can, with the abilities I have, teach another generation to respect and follow those teachings. If I am capable, should I not assist?”
“Every man makes his own choices, son.”
Jordan nodded. “I choose to teach.”
Elements: contains a line from a famous diarist.