Friday, August 15, 2008

A Great Compliment

Today I was honored to attend the 60th birthday party for my friend Karen. I first met Karen when she was Evan's special education teacher for 4th through 6th grade. Her program was one of inclusion and collaboration and Evan thrived in her class. After Evan went on to middle school, I actually worked as an instructional assistant for two years for this remarkable teacher. I loved my job and helping those special students to be included just like everyone else.

However, one day, out of the blue I just felt like I needed to resign and spend my time at home. I knew it was the Spirit whispering to me and I needed to be obedient. So, I reluctantly, gave up my fun job. Instead I spent the last year David and family lived close spending lots of time with my grandson's Spencer and Andrew. I'm so grateful for that time we had before they moved.

I am getting to the compliment, honestly I am!!

This was the nicest birthday celebration I have ever been too. It was held at the Cass House, a beautiful old circa 1867 Victorian bed and breakfast with a fancy shmancy restaurant and very beautiful gardens. We had a five course luncheon, (I have never had a five course meal before in my life) the food was delicious and the waiter pampered us! If we left to go to the restroom, we would come back to find our napkin had been folded!!

Karen said for her 60th birthday she gathered women who held a special place in her heart. She introduced each woman individually and told a little about why they were important. All the women had something to do with special education. I already knew about half of them.

Anyway, when Karen got to me, she introduced me as a full-time mother and grandmother, who worked for her for two years. She said I had a quiet determination in helping the students achieve to the best of their ability. Out of all the women there, I was the only one who she mention the role of mother. I know several did have children. I thought how wonderful that she knew that my responsibility as a mother was the most important thing in my life. I was very grateful for that compliment. I felt very spoiled today! And it wasn't even MY birthday!!

1 comment:

Laurel said...

Well I am so glad she took notice and gave you a very deserving compliment. Your notation brought a smile to my face and joy to my heart. Thank you for sharing.

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