Sunday, June 27, 2010

The Strength of Community

When my good friend, Brooke, found out that i was going to Germany to pursue the Liberation procedure, she immediately insisted she was going to do a fundraiser for me.  I didn't encourage nor did I discourage her...I remained relatively neutral.  Because, the fact is, I felt a little weird that people would fundraise for me!?!  I mean, there are a lot of other people who are probably much more worthy (and needy) of fundraising than me.  I kept thinking, "What makes me more special than someone else?"...

I guess being a teacher in the same district for the past 15 years has its advantages. You get to know a lot of people.  And I have been fortunate to work with quite a few great people over my teaching career.  And if you know anything about the nature of teachers, you'll know we love to get together and have a good time.  which doesn't happen very often on a district wide basis. So a Burger and Beverage night, on a Friday, near the end of the school year turns out to be a good way to raise some money AND get together!

I discovered something that night...the teaching community is an amazing, generous, caring group. I think I already kind of knew that, but just the same, I was humbled by that generosity and caring. And I thought to myself, "I guess I am special enough to have a fundraiser".  It's a wonderful feeling to know that so many people care about you.

I love being a teacher and I love working with so many great people.  And I am truly blessed to have such caring friends who would go out of their way to do something like this for me. I love you guys!

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