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As I was saying goodnight, Mom's roommate, Helen, called me over. Her arthritic hands clasped mine and said, "You have a love family." I misheard her and replied back, "Yes, we are very loving." She corrected me and said, "No, you have a love family. I can tell your family is grounded in love." And she's right. We are grounded in love.
But there was so much more love going on today than Helen could see in Room 548. The love I felt today extended far beyond the three of us in the room with my mom. And that's what I want to write about tonight.
My update texts and phone calls with my sister in Florida, husband, cousins, and uncle have been filled with frustration, worry, and then laughter. Thank goodness for them. Each of them was there to listen and offer support, and relieve the tension with a little humor when necessary. My forever love family.
It's the last week of school. We had lots of loose ends to tie up and my plans were all in my head. Wendy, one of my subs that I can always rely on, stepped in for me this morning with no hesitation. I left very loose plans and I never worried once that things wouldn't be ok. Sarah, our intervention specialist who does inclusion with me for writing workshop, had the afternoon taken care of and has taken control of our writing celebration which will be held tomorrow. Kate, Kathy and Nicole, my 4th grade teammates are filling the holes in my plans for the next 2 days as I sketched out very rough ideas. My principal, Kayla, told me not to worry ~ family comes first. All is well at school. The parents of my students have been kind and understanding and have assured me that the end of the year party will go off without a problem. One of the moms even emailed me to tell me how much her son enjoyed the afternoon sub, an older gentleman who I do not know. He's a veteran and he shared some very interesting stories with the kids. Since he will be in my room for the next 2 days, I was relieved to hear that the kids liked him so well. Joyce, our music teacher has been texting me with lots of encouragement and so many friends have sent love and prayers through Facebook. My love family at Scioto Darby and beyond.
I am eternally grateful for each and every one of these people who are an integral part of my love family. To me, having people to love and support you no matter what is the most important thing in the world.