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This has been an interesting week. It has been a week of quiet, silent, sad, funny, comforting, discomforting, and powerful reflections. You see I hurt myself on Thanksgiving Day and spent Monday and Tuesday flat on my back....reflecting. I was reflecting on why it was me who always seems to fall. I was reflecting on the upcoming Christmas holidays. I was reflecting on my life as a wife, mother, friend, pastor, pastor's wife....a whole lot of reflection going on. I returned to school on Wednesday and found myself reflecting on me the teacher. Thursday and Friday I attended the Alabama Education Association Delegate Assembly in Birmingham and found myself reflecting on what I would be doing when I retire in 2015. Every piece of information/business that was brought up I hung on, deep in reflection on how it would affect me in the coming years. While the Christmas Carols were sung I found myself reflecting on what my life was going to be like in 2014.....at 60. As I reflected on Christmas past I could see my fathers face as he read The Christmas Story from the bible to me each Christmas and then read The Night Before Christmas. I loved see my father's calloused hands open his worn bible to read me (us, before my brother died) two very important tales of the glorious holiday coming up. I reflected on Christmas past with my own children and how I tried to make my own traditions with them. I sat and reflected on the tiny white lights from the tree reflecting on their tiny faces as we placed our crèche under the tree and read The Night Before Christmas. I reflected on Christmas past with Frank and our own special memories without small children in our house....just two grown-ups who are children at heart. I reflected on Christmas present. Who would have ever known that I would accept the call from God and become a pastor...ever? If anyone had ever told me I would one day have my own church I would have laughed in their face. I reflected on why it took me so long to give in to God. I reflected on questions I had of why me? Then last night I began to reflect on the life of a great man, Nelson Mandela. He has always fascinated me and as a teacher his reflection on education has always made me wish I could make my students feel this way: "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." So, in finishing up my five minutes and my AEA Delegate Assembly I reflect on what kind of difference my life as a teacher has made in the lives of the students I have taught. I also reflect on what kind of difference they have made on my life.
To Joey, With Love....WINNER!
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