Today was a very special day in the life of my daughter Kat. On May 15th she will be graduating with her Ed.S(Education Specialist degree). This degree is the last step before obtaining your doctorate(Most people stop here because there is no dissertation that goes with it.). Well....Friday at AUM they had an awards ceremony and Kat was honored as the Outstanding Special Ed. student. What an honor....I mean...I already knew she was great....but it was so great to know other people know it too...LOL! After the ceremony we headed back to her school to begin final preparations for the Children's Center fundraiser. They were having a spaghetti dinner/talent/follies program and I had agreed to help out....and in layman terms, for me that means perform. Somehow during the course of the afternoon we wrote a script for transitioning the acts, did the program, did a SAM's Club run, put up some sparkling stars, practice, stirred 9 huge crockpots of spaghetti sauce, cooked a gazillion packs of noodles, decided at the prompting of her fellow staff members that Kat and I would sing Sentimental Journey together....acappella. Kat's sweet husband stirred the sauce on 30 minute intervals....and he took his job seriously. He also boiled a ton of noodles with one small stock pot and a sauce pan....he is a genious. Kat was running on nervous energy.....and the big feat here...is that Kat has never sung on stage like that....so she was nervous. I told her during practice...just to look in my eyes....and that is just what she did...and it was GREAT! The people began arriving, food was served, the entertainment began and it was so much fun....some of the staff did Cupid Shuffle, there was a lip syncing Sonny and Cher, operatic music, interpretive dance, the son of one teacher did a Michael Jackson dance to "Billy Jean" that was phenomenal, Mrs. Agnes sang one of my favorites....Lean on Me, and scattered throughout the night...I sang....and God Bless the USA was the finale. For the low low price of $10.00 it was a great night. Hats off to the staff and faculty of the Children's Center....YOU GUYS ROCKED!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.