Wow! April has really flown and here we are nearing the end of the Alphabet Challenge. I am always so glad when April rolls around and we begin and then so sad when April ends and I have to wait another year. Today's letter was a tough one for me. The letter U did not seem to spark any creative juices straight away...and then it was like a lightening bolt struck me...U is for Unique! Unique isn’t just a word that teachers tell their “special” students they are, it means being different in usually a good way. It is when everyone wears white and one person wears purple. Someone’s unique way of talking. When I was in school I wanted to fit in. I did not want to stand out....or be unique. I wanted to fade into the wall. The older I got....the more I realized that I was unique. There is no one else out there like me. I don't dress like everyone else....I don't do what everyone else does....I am myself....and I am unique. People don't always know how to take me. My uniqueness comes through singing. I have a unique way for finding harmony anywhere. I have a number of unique friends. Susan has a unique handle on planting things. She sees plants in ways I do not! Artsy Amy can see things differently too....she can paint on anything and it look like it should be hanging in a museum. We all have the ability to be unique and I try to instill that in my students. You do not have to follow the crowd....choose your own path....be unique. My mother always encouraged me to be unique.....she asked me once if everyone jumped from a bridge....would I? Heaven's No! I was not stupid....I just wanted to fit in. Several years ago I had a student in one of my classes who had the name, "Precious Unique." When I asked her about her unusual name she told me that her momma told her she was "precious in the sight of the Lord," "and was a unique child of God." I loved it! Even though my name is not Precious Unique....I too am precious in His sight...and a Unique child of God. So as I head off for work this morning....I am feeling a unique kinda day dawning...and I encourage you all to get out there and strap your unique on.
To Joey, With Love....WINNER!
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