Pay It Forward

I have smiled as I listened to my mom talk about the surprise and the unexpected blessing has been a reoccurring event for her and my dad in recent months. She is always joyful as she speaks of acquaintances or even strangers who strike up a friendly conversation while she and my dad enjoy a quiet dinner at local establishments. Once the person has been chatted with my parents (and probably serenaded by my dad), they leave the restaurant. It is not until my parents prepare to leave the restaurant that they find out about the blessing. They are struck with surprise and awe as the waitress tells them that their bill has already been taken care of. I have celebrated and often surprised at the k

The Grace to Cross Over

During my first year of teaching, I traveled with several co-workers to a week-long professional development training in Boone, North Carolina. Although I gained a wealth of knowledge on student learning styles, the culmination of the session was a trip to Grandfather Mountain. I was looking forward to this experience, until I heard fellow educators make comments about us all crossing the Mile High Swinging Bridge. I know my heart fluttered when I heard the words 'mile high,' but the image of a swinging bridge almost took my breath away. I silently prayed that crossing the bridge would not be a requirement. After reaching the bridge I was convinced that it would not be a requirement for me.

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