It’s been twenty-five years since I began teaching in this school district and a year and a half in a Medicine Hat high school before that. Tonight I took my son as my date for the formal banquet that was held in celebration of thisevent and received recognition along with my colleagues.
I felt blessed to have my son be a witness to this experience. And I feel grateful as I head for bed tonight. My big black and white dog is here curled at my feet in the dark…just waiting for the cue….any movement from me that says I am leaving him for other parts of the house.
I received binoculars….beautiful high powered binoculars as my recognition gift! My best friends will know just how much I have wanted a nice pair of binoculars for such a long time! Afterall, I want to be taking them out on my hikes and to my rock concerts! I want to make record of the amazing birds that I witness every summer at the river.
When I arrived home, I found a letter waiting here on the computer from my father…..it made me cry. It was so special to me.
He explained that if I had served this many years in the military, I would have received my Canadian Military Decoration (CD) and two Oak Leaf Clusters. He explained , “Yours is for truly dedicated, loyal and committed service and I wish we were there to acknowledge that.”
Dad…you and Mom ARE with me here……you are as close as my heart beat…….or this breathing out and in…..you are everything I am or hope to be. I love you…..my dear and generous parents!