Getting Some Respect

End-of-semester crunch: I'm finishing up my final project for my grad course, a unit plan for Their Eyes Were Watching God.  In doing some research, I happened upon Tommy Markham's homepage (warning: my father is probably the only person alive who will LIKE the music that plays automatically on loading.)  He's an amateur historian who sells a DVD of photos, videos and oral accounts of the 1926 hurricane near Lake Okeechobee, which is the climatic event of the novel.

I e-mailed him to ask about shipping costs, but when he learned I was a teacher, he offered to send me a free copy.  It's so humbling when someone decides you deserve respect, or maybe just a break, solely based on your chosen profession.  A great honor and a great responsibility.