Ted was a biology teacher for twenty-one years at St. Augustine High and says he did it because he loves the subject more than the teaching aspect. That becomes evident more and more as I listen to him. You see, Ted knows more about Florida’s native plants, trees, and critters (Flora and Fauna) than you would ever think is possible. He knows that Crepe Myrtle berries (dark blue) mature, or ripen, in the Fall season, and he knows that they are great pain relievers if eaten only three-or-four at a time. Any more and your stomache can become a “pain” itself.
The best thing about Ted is that he doesn’t give you homework to bring to school next time. As a matter of fact, at almost 80 years old he would love to take students, young and old, on field trips and “expand their knowledge” as he’d put it. Until next time think about plants and critter stories that you know and I’ll tell you some of mine.
‘Til then, ride safe, be safe, and stay out of the back seats of cop cars. Oh, that’s somebody else’s story. Maybe soon.
I’ll be back!