Letter to my Mentor

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Mr. Tunnell,
In all the absence and silence that were bestowed, this is an approach of something different. This is not a letter of apology. This is not a story of pain or pity; I tell my tale because it was a story of hope and perseverance. The times we had part ways had not change me, but it grew on me.

My theatre director took me in the following day. He visited me like I was some lost cause in an establishment of shunned children in the world (people who were caught doing this and that). The relationship between him and I are different from you being it was a different impact. I get yelled at and shamed by him all the time, along with everybody. The times when he complimented me was the most rewarding. The things we could say, are intimate. The bond you and I had (or I felt), I never saw shame from you. You were proud, success or loss. The time when I knew I cannot take back the “acting” and lies from you, I soaked the pain deadly.

“I remember when you told me that you were resigning from the theatre company. You said you were off to your dreams.”
“I don’t need fame.”
“It was not about fame. It was the great character in and outside.”
“...It was about the character when nobody is physically present. I am evil when I am alone.”
“David. Arthur was not for perfection. Arthur was for openness. Of course, you sang more beautifully than any other auditioners and to my disappointment (cough) CHRISTIAN… You were truly alone as an individual. Rarely have I ever cried myself in a performance.”
“You are the most quietest lead I ever had. Modest.”
“You put that up very high. You wanted to bring honor. You wanted to bring it close to your family, friends, and culture.”
“...I don’t want to celebrate anymore.”
“Do no...

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...more as I cannot promote my thing anymore. I continue to lead in my section in band, away from my saddening absence of practice in harmony that I put them through. I talked to Mr. Radar, on only assisting them, and not to be affiliated with the team (it was a shock to him) and I will only feel like I was a part of it during my 7-8th grade and sophomore year, somewhat my junior. I will work out (something you always encouraged me to do) to get ready for Track & Field. And finally, theatre. I have denied accepting my director’s offer to let me be an actor again, but I will be on sound and light crew, in which I can recover again and be closer to my dreams.

Thank you for everything you have done for me. It was an honor to have you as my mentor for the years I have deservedly been in it. Do not let the team go, watch over some great students...

Best regards,
David Pham
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