Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Finish This - Week 5 (Compliments, memories, and investments)

Yesterday was the last day of school for the students.  The whole building waved to the buses as they pulled out.  Students waved back.  We were glad this long year was finished.

I've still got to work today but it's mostly to clean up my messy room.

Onto me complete the prompts . . .

The best compliment I ever received - I'm an Intervention Specialist and just finished my 14th year.  During my 1st year, I met J. at my first professional meeting with a parent.  All I can remember is his mom crying in the meeting because she loved her son so much and didn't want him to be different.  HE wasn't different.  He just needed extra help to help him learn.  I ended up having J. while he was in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade.  While I taught him, he taught me since I was a new teacher.  

Anyway fast forward to almost 10 years after I first had him as a teacher.  It was his high school graduation and I made sure I went to it because I was so proud of him and his accomplishments.  He was going onto college.

His dad sees me and says "He wouldn't be here if it wasn't for you."  That compliment has stuck with me and reminds why I teach.  It's to make a difference in a child's life.

That was the best compliment I ever had until yesterday.  One of my parents called me to make sure her son got his report card.  I let her know I was moving down to the 4th and 5th grade building next year.  She then told me "Thank you everything you've done."  I started to cry happy tears.

Wearing red lipstick makes me feel as though I am 20 years old and celebrating the end of my internship at Walt Disney World at the American Adventure pavilion.  I wear red lipstick so infrequent.  Actually I wear lipstick so infrequent.  

Down in Disney is the only time I can remember wearing it and feeling really good about it.  

I'm on the right in the picture.  The beautiful young lady on my left was one of my roommates - Celine.  She was from Paris, France.

The best investment I've made - It all depends on whether you are talking about monetary, time, or spiritually.  Four years ago, the church I had attended since 1997 was in turmoil.  Cliques were forming and long friendships were crushing.  Trust was broken.  Some other people were going through the same thing at their church.  (Long story - Not going to bore you.)  My family made a spiritual investment and a leap of faith.  We took part in formin a new church on Pentecost Sunday of 2010.  

My best childhood memory - I had to wrack my brain to complete this prompt.  I have a lot of memories from childhood.  One of my best memories was during the summer of 1991 when I was 16.
My youth group traveled to Sumter, South Carolina for a mission trip.  
  • During the mission trip, we went to Myrtle Beach.  The two leaders (one male and one female) were our "father" and "mother" and the youth group were the children while we were at the Beach.
  • The boys' room was gone through and some of their stuff was stolen.
  • We made up a traveling man named Ambo who rode on trains from place to place.
  • The electricity went out for a few hours during one of the days.
  • I ate Chinese for the first time while on that trip.
  • We also went to an alligator or crocodile farm.
Those are a few of the memories from that mission trip.  Memories that will stay with me.

Have a great week!

Prompts for WEEK 24 (June 18) are:I could spend all day …
My primary and most essential goal in life …
You might be surprised to learn …
My favorite place in the world is …
I wish I had known sooner …


  1. Wow, lots of great stories shared this week, Traci. Thanks for sharing!

  2. That is such a wonderful compliment! It's so nice that you can know you are making a difference in children's lives!

  3. You have NOT had a boring life.. that is for sure! Love the teacher / student compliments you got. That means so much...

  4. Hi Traci! LOVED that compliment you received. I work in the wonderful world of customer service...and compliments really do stick with you!

  5. What a huge compliment to know you are appreciated for the work you do in the lives of kids!


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