Staff Goodbye: Wash Your Bowl


Photo credit: Courtesy of Mr. Martinelli

Drew Martinelli, AFHS Social Studies Teacher

Class of 2022, 

As you know I taught this class three years in a row. Three years ago I taught Honors English II, last year I taught American History, and this year I am teaching Government and Economics. 

I want to take a moment to thank all of you. You have made me laugh and smile every day and because of you I am a greater person, teacher, and coach. I have learned from you as much as you learned from me. 

In an attempt to give one last piece of advice to an entire class, I have decided to share a famous Zen story called “Wash Your Bowl” with you. Read it carefully.

A monk told Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”

Joshu asked: “Have you eaten your rice porridge?”

The monk replied: “I have eaten.”

Joshu said: “Then you had better wash your bowl.”

At that moment the monk was enlightened.

This is a great story to share because it is up for interpretation. I challenge you to find what it means to “wash your bowl.” 

Seniors, I wish you the best of luck moving forward and please know this class will always have a special place in my heart.

With care,

Mr. Martinelli