I’m proud enough to bust my buttons as she is honored with a beautiful “Legacy” award by the county school board for her years of excellent service as a teacher and champion of students. Particularly those who had fallen through the cracks of troubled homes. Many of whom Mama brought home with her to become part of our family until they could find their feet within their own.
No, teaching school was never all she did. She taught her students how to live. She nurtured people. It was not unusual for my sister and me to come home from school to find yet another middle school student (Mama taught Middle School Health for most of her nearly 30 teaching years) sitting at our dinner table. We welcomed him or her with open arms – sometimes for weeks and sometimes for years – and were blessed to end up with an extended family of dozens, most of whom keep in touch, even all these years later.
So at this point you must understand that despite the above paragraph, Mama is not a squishy, lovey-dovey, huggy kind of emotion-driven woman. Not in the least. She’s a tough cookie who expects you to toe (and often tow) the line. She always set the standard high and expected those in her care to stretch and reach and expand to their utmost to reach the bar.
And whadayaknow? They did.
So to those who turned out by the droves to make a little old lady feel special and appreciated, I give you my forever thanks. She left that building all aglow and basking in your love.
So tell me, BBFF (Blessed Blog Friend Forever), to whom in your life would you give a “Legacy” award?
P.S. To those of you who keep in touch via Facebook (if you don’t yet, let’s do!) and have sent your condolences and prayers for our family during yet another devastating loss this year, we are deeply appreciative. We just lost my brother-in-law who was cleaning his guns when one went off, killing him instantly. I will comment further on this later but cannot go there yet. Too fresh. Thought it best to push sorrow aside and celebrate life today. In the meantime, I’m leaning hard on Papa God and humbly request your prayers for my sister and her children.