Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A Gift - A Special Thank You

We have the sweetest and hardest working bookkeeper at our middle school.  Last summer her daughter, the mother of 2 small children, was diagnosed with a horrible and extremely rare cancer.  She is participating in a trial program with 2 younger males (I think) through NIH in Baltimore.  It is a cancer (I think) that lies dormant for many years sometimes resulting from a childhood injury. Then suddenly it appears with a vengeance  later on in life. All of the staff have tried this year to help in our own little ways.  Each day one month we took turns leaving a little something on her desk as a morale booster , to let her we were all thinking of her and her daughter, and that we were praying for her recovery.  Mrs. P. is always so kind and helpful to me, is always there for me when I need her, so I wanted to do a little something warm and fuzzy and different for her daughter.   I made her a bright lap quilt with a matching placemat for her bed tray.  I used flannel for the backing which helped to make it warm and cozy, and I chose the polka dots to try to make it as cheery as possible. She sent me the dearest little note, but today she did something so very sweet and special I wanted to share it with you all.  She called me to the office and opened up a big box of the most preciously homemade and hand decorated sugar cookies I had ever seen.  She told me to take one just as she had told the other teachers as a little thank you to all of us.  It is so dear I cannot even imagine eating it, and I’m such a sentimentalist I started to cry when she gave it to me. Now I have it sitting by my bed reminding me that when I am feeling down I must remember there are those who are suffering far more that I could begin to imagine.  It also reminds me of how very fortunate I am. Well, before delivering some more of the cookies to several teachers on my hall, I stopped in my room, pulled out my little camera and took this photo to share with you all. What a unique and loving way to say thank you. Her daughter is going back to Baltimore next week, so she will be in all of our thoughts and prayers.


    Walking the talk is so proud to call you my friend, my sister.
    ~ Claudette

  2. are the dearest friend....I love you, too. Genie

  3. What a sweet story. I love the quilt and I love that you all are helping your co-worker through such a difficult time.

  4. Girls....Please remember Michelle, her husband, 2 precious children, and the parents and grandparents. She is not doing well, and we are all very concerned. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Hugs, Genie