I believe that everything can change. I believe in transformation.
I recently started welding and I fell in love. I fell in love with the feeling of changing something that felt so definite. I always thought of metal as something strong, something difficult (almost impossible) to change. As I watched the molten metal transform from under my welding face mask, I learned … that even the things that feel the most strong, can sometimes be weak, can sometimes change, can sometimes break, be turned into something better and stronger – everything can transform.
My box may just look like pieces from a junk-yard. The trinkets, the small pieces of metal – some are important to me – pieces I’ve collected, others are just parts that will some day be turned into something else. Like me, they can change, they can become stronger, they can break, they can be better than they once were …. (With a little patience and a whole lot of heat)
9th grade teacher, Rhode Island