Saturday, October 2, 2010


Saturday afternoon, doors and windows wide open, crisp fall breeze; kitchen scrubbed clean. Sauerkraut, new potatoes and sausage simmering, bread warming, a big fat streussel-topped raspberry-chocolate chunk muffin to share for dessert.

Rain this morning detered hubby and me (but not our eight year old grandson and his team) from the soccer game. We drove onto the parking lot as the black cloud let loose and drenched everyone. We smiled and waved hello and good-bye.

Yesterday was every teacher's dream; I received three unexpected gifts. First, my little boy with a developmental delay and physical condition, reached up (the bones in his arms are fused and he doesn't have rotation) and hugged me. He has a happy, round face, and he's always pleasant and cooperative. He said, "Awww, you so CUUUUUTE, Miss Linda." I hugged him and laughed which made him laugh. We repeated this about five times. Then a little girl came in and she and her mom gave me a package of (locally produced) chococlate-dipped Dad's Scotch-Oatmeal cookies. Indescribably delicious. Another little girl gave me a lovely necklace. Three wonderful and unexpected surprises, and do you know what? I liked the first one best of all.

Just when I was thinking TGIF, God showed me I had a lot to be thankful for!


Susan said...

I'm sure those kids really love you, Linda. They are so blessed to have such a loving and dedicated teacher. Susan

Cathy C. Hall said...

Whenever you write about your class, I get a little nostalgic for my preschool teaching days. You can't beat those kiddie hugs!

Chatty Crone said...

I agree with you - all the gifts were great - but the first one was the best of all - glad you liked it the best too. Incredible.


Lisa Ricard Claro said...

You made me all teary. Those hugs are the best, hands down. You really did have reasons to TGIF.

Tammy said...

Amen, Linda. I'm a little teary, too, but smiling at the same time. Sometimes all those "little" gifts aren't so little.

Linda O'Connell said...

Hi Ladies,
Thanks for stopping by. Your comments make my day! I'm heading to your blogs after dinner. Have agreat week.