December 4th, 2018

I knew this birthday was going to be different with no family or close friends nearby…but I didn’t realize how melancholy I would feel. I thought all would be fine, and I would embrace the day as just another day in the year. I was busy. I was prepared for this. I was used to having my only son across the globe in Thailand and my relies in Australia. No big deal….so I thought 😦 However, as this day progressed I learned that nothing quite replaces the smiles, hugs, love, and laughter of those who are most dear in your life.  Lessons are gifts and I guess that was my most profound gift this year.

However, I did experience many, many things to be grateful for… I had 2 beautiful displays of flowers delivered to my school WKE from my husband and my mother with very touching cards. The school announced my birthday on the morning P.A. The grade 1/2 class sang to me. Some of my Learning Commons Leaders came to pass on greetings at recess. The Book Fair was packed and kept me busy throughout the day. I received more messages from friends and family than I should ever deserve on FB, email, and phone. A colleague took me out for a special coffee and treat.

But possibly the most surprising birthday experience, which touched me so deeply, was a birthday card from 2 very special ex students which was waiting in my mailbox at my second school, Decker Elementary. These 2 boys had researched where I was working, and sent me a most touching card. Samuel and David…you warmed my heart and reminded me how lucky I have been to be an educator for nearly 35 years!  Another birthday has come and gone. My plan is to be with family and loved ones from now on!

Love, laughter, and best wishes to anybody having birthdays in the near future!