Sunday, October 23, 2016

An Emotional Day

My favorite children's author, Carmen Agra Deedy, writes in her most beautiful book, The Last Dance, that everyone has the right to three things in life:

"To Dance: The great thing in life is not so much to dance well, but whether one is willing to dance at all."

"To Sing:  Even if you sing off key, the crow has a much right to a voice as the nightingale."

"To Tell Stories:  Those we love are never really gone as long as their stories are told."

I love Facebook because we can share stories of loved ones who are gone so that we can remember important people in our lives.

Thirteen years ago today, the world lost a wonderful educator and an incredible human being and I lost one of my dearest friends, Ellen Widmer.

Ellen and I taught together for many years.  After I moved to Gilbert El as principal, she transferred over.    Ellen was one of the best teachers ever and she has touched the lives of countless children, their families, and those of us who called her friend.  

Ellen's stories still live on in these children who are now adults and on those of us who knew the wonderful person she was.  

Both of my children had Ellen for a teacher and they loved her so I know first hand the impact she made on the children she taught. 

She left this life too early, but we were blessed to know her, to work with her and to have had her as a teacher.   I miss our friendship very much.    I know she is somewhere cheering me on in this upcoming election.

Love and miss you, Ellen Widmer!

This is what I posted on my Facebook page this morning.    You would think after 13 years, it would be easy to write this without getting teary, but it wasn't. I have been reading the comments that people have made and it warms my heart.

The last few days have been difficult.   Our dear aunt is declining so much.  It seems to have escalated a lot lately.   It is so hard to watch and not be able to do anything for her other than make sure her needs are met and that she is loved.

I never realized the emotional and physical toll something like this takes on someone.   It is the hardest job I have ever had.      However, I know that I will never have any regrets for anything in this journey!

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