A Lovely Surprise........

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In another life I was a teacher and had a couple of very special students who were great mimes. After they graduated from school and found themselves back in my neck of the woods I put them together professionally and they toured and performed around the country. Many years later the woman in the group died way to soon of brain cancer, leaving a husband and two young kids behind. I miss her still.

The man in the group went onto find himself and embrace who he was. We have kept in touch but I haven't seen him since the woman died, and that was almost twenty years ago.  We still speak occasionally and communicate online too.

About a month ago, he sent me an obituary for another teacher I worked with. Clearly he was impacted. A few weeks ago he wanted to confirm my mailing address because he was going to send me something. I was intrigued but frankly forgot about it until yesterday. I assumed it would be something from our mime years, but I was wrong.

I got to the post office to get my mail and there was the package waiting. It was from Harry and David and it had goodies. I was surprised and taken back but the best was yet to come. When I acknowledged the gift, my friend told me that when he heard about the other teachers death he began to think about those people who had influenced and made a difference in his life. I was among those folks and he wanted to say thank you.

Wow....out of nowhere and so very special. I was a teacher and he was my student but now we are friends who both think fondly about a time in our lives when words were unnecessary, but now mean so very much.

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Rainmaker
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Myrl Jeffcoat
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It is always the gifts that come from the realm of the unexpected that seem especially sweet!

Jan 04, 2019 01:07 PM #45
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Hi Myrl. You are absolutely right. Thank you.      Sheila

Jan 04, 2019 01:09 PM #46
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James Dray
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Morning Sheila.

Those unexpected gifts are always welcomed.  What a pleasant surprise for you.  Does one really know how they effect others, well you just proved it.

Jan 05, 2019 02:25 AM #47
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks James........   Sheila

Jan 05, 2019 05:41 AM #48
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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
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Wow Kimo Stowell certainly nailed it. What a beautiful response to this beautiful gesture, Sheila.  I'm sure you are filled with such warm memories of your time mentoring this thoughtful man. 

Jan 05, 2019 07:21 AM #49
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks so much Debb. Kimo did nail it.       Sheila

Jan 05, 2019 08:19 AM #50
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Carol Williams
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Wow... what a special story, Sheila.  It must be so rewarding to know you've had such an impact on a students life.  After I became an adult, I tracked down and wrote to 2 special teachers that helped me during a very difficult time after my Mom died.  I heard back from them both and we exchanged Christmas cards for several years until their passing. 

Jan 05, 2019 09:00 AM #51
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Sheila Anderson
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Hello again Carol. How nice for you to write these teachers and I can tell you it really mattered as it did to me. TY       Sheila

Jan 05, 2019 09:13 AM #52
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Oh Sheila that is such a lovely and beautiful story! What a wonderful surprise and huge gift too!

Jan 05, 2019 11:26 AM #53
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Sheila Anderson
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Hi Anna. It was soooooo very special. Kind of like the giraffes a friend sent me. TY     Sheil

Jan 05, 2019 11:52 AM #54
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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Sheila what a great post and getting a Harry & David gift is always welcome:)Endre

Jan 05, 2019 06:20 PM #55
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Endre.      Sheila

Jan 06, 2019 05:05 AM #56
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Oh my gosh, how perfectly beautiful, Sheila! I think we oftentimes take those who mean so much to us for granted. He obviously wants you to know how special you are and how wonderful that he surprised you with a lovely gift but, his words are so much more special, I'm sure.

Jan 06, 2019 06:58 PM #57
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Jeff Dowler, CRS
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Hi Sheila:

What a wonderful, and touching, surprise! Clearly you had an amazing impact on him!

Jeff

Jan 06, 2019 08:14 PM #58
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Sheila Anderson
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Perfectly said Debe. Thank you.        Sheila

Jan 07, 2019 05:37 AM #59
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks so much Jeff.      Sheila

Jan 07, 2019 05:38 AM #60
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Sheila, how wonderful and so unexpected. It is nice to know how we influence others.

Jan 07, 2019 07:07 AM #61
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Sheila Anderson
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Thank you Rebecca. It is so very nice and special. TY       Sheila

Jan 07, 2019 07:35 AM #62
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Kat Palmiotti
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What a wonderful story and fantastic surprise! Thank you for sharing.

Jan 07, 2019 09:23 AM #63
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Sheila Anderson
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Thanks so much Kat.      Sheila

Jan 07, 2019 09:31 AM #64
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