Yesterday… I answered my last question for StoryWorth. It asked: ” What is one final message you want to leave for your grandchildren and great grandchildren?”
My response was personal and meant for the generations coming after me but I did use the message in the title stone photo. It is so true that ” Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
More and more I hear mother’s words and expressions coming out of my mouth. When I look in the mirror sometimes I catch a glimpse of mother looking back. We are our mothers’ daughters.
We always hope our children and grandchildren will take the best we had to offer or at least the funniest and interweave it into their own unique personalities.
If I had to choose one physical attribute for them to use daily-it would be a smile. A smile can do more to turn a day around than anything else… not just to the person smiling but to colleagues and strangers alike.
As a young teacher I heard a motivational speaker tell a room full of first year educators that the most important ” tool ” a teacher possesses is a smile.
A teacher might not realize that certain students sitting in his or her class come from dysfunctional-even abusive homes-and that a teacher’s smile might be the only smile they receive all day.
I never forgot that message. I normally smile a lot but I remembered to produce, at least one, in every class every day… no matter how challenging.
Mollie told me I needed to send a picture for the cover of my album and suggested an early one when I was just starting out in life with my dreams still intact about my future life.
So I went back through yearbooks and found this picture! I had just finished student teaching and Brooke and I were going to room together in Charleston where we both got teaching jobs. ( in Summerville)
When I reflected on this photo it symbolized Hope …and excited expectations about the future.
So until tomorrow… “Sometimes grace is a ribbon of mountain air that gets in through the cracks.” – Anne Lamont’s
” Today is my favorite day!” Winnie the Pooh