by Neal Biggart
Age 72. El Cajon, CA
Tom, my husband of almost 50 years, is the kindest, but also the strongest person I know. He could be anything, but chose to be an elementary school teacher at a time when a man who went into elementary teaching was thought of as probably not able to do much else. How wrong!! He worked in the ghetto, and provided a strong role model to lots of boys without Dads. We celebrated over the years as they went on to High School and College. His other passion is plants. He is a well-known landscape gardener, an orchid grower, and ceramic potter. He doesn’t seem to need approval to fulfill his needs and passions. I admire him, and maybe more importantly, I rely on his strength and judgement.