Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mom

This post is not about me.  It's about someone I love. She doesn't know I'm writing this. I wasn't there to witness it, but I am proud nonetheless. My parents went to Wal-Mart yesterday, for what exactly I cant describe. When in a small-town you are destined to see someone you know, or think you know. That's exactly what happened to my mom yesterday. I may not retell the story here as accurately, but I will try. In the sporting goods department of the Wal-Mart, two grown men came up to my mom, asked her if she was Ms./Mrs. so and so. These grown men happened to be two or her former students. What happened next is the stuff only God can do. These men told their sons that my mom was the best teacher they ever had. "The hardest in terms of discipline, but they learned their math."  To have others heap such effusive praise on someone you love puts it all into perspective. Our struggles are rewarded. It makes me realized how blessed I am that I still get to be taught by her. I'm a part of her great legacy. I think it was Maya Angelou who said "People won't remember what you did, but how you made them feel."  Present and future generations would be wise to remember this. Accomplishments are great, but character is forever. My late grandfather would always tell me you're either good or bad. I would always seek a more complicated answer. It can't be that simple. Pop Pop, if you can read this:  You were right. "Oh Lord Forgive Us."  Lord, Forgive Me. I am so profoundly blessed. Love others as if that's the only gift you can afford to give them.

12 comments:

  1. You are lucky to have such a wonderful mom!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful post!! How lucky and blessed your mom was to have been in Wal-Mart at the same time as her former students!! That truly was a message from God :) Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  3. Your lovely mother is blessed to have YOU, Regine.

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    1. My mother read this, and she agrees with you.

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  4. It was so nice of those men to tell their children how well your mother taught them. I'm sure it made her day. My mother was a teacher, too, for 40 years, and she would often encounter former students who'd tell her that she had taught them. I know it made her feel good when they did that.

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  5. So good for your mum to have these compliments.
    I managed to do this to two of my former teachers, my first school teacher who taught me to love nature and my secondary school teacher who taught me needlework, I was so pleased to be able to do this. I met them entirely by chance.
    Briony
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  6. Great post.It is important to be yourself and to have your own rules so that you gain respect.

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  7. I'm glad you shared your post with us and your mom.

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  8. All the ripples from one stone! What a joy.

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  9. Your mom sounds like an amazing person and teacher!

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  11. Your mother sounds like a wonderful teacher. And I really liked this post. You wrote so eloquent today, Regine. And Yes, it was Maya Angelou's quote - “At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” She's my favorite. : )

    ~Sheri

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