Thursday, September 15, 2011

I had this teacher in high school and she was awesome.  She taught 10th grade English.  She was young - just out of college and a former classmate of my best buddy's big sister.  She drank diet coke like it was going out of style.  She introduced me to Jane Austen and even made us all dress up for a day and act all ettiquette-y.  She really cared about her students.

Then she got married.  So exciting!  And then she had kiddos and stopped teaching so she could stay home for them.  My kind of girl!

And then, last week during our terrible rain and flooding, she lost her twelve-year-old son.

I've been heartbroken for her and for her family.  I've wondered how on earth one can go on, continue functioning, after the death of a child.

In the eulogy she gave at her sweet boy's memorial service the other day (read it here), she answered my question.

She has such love for her children and for the Lord.  She has faith.  And she continues, after all these years, to be an example to me.  I will forever remember that a gentleman should walk on the street side of a lady so she doesn't get hit by the trash - and worse - someone might throw out an upstairs window.  And I will forever remember the love and faith of a wonderful mother.

Please keep this family in your prayers.


M. said...

Thanks Jen. I wish I had the words to beable to express how I feel about the whole situation. My sister and I went to Monday's service, once again Anna has left a profound impact on me and has tought me many new lessons.

Belkycita said...

What a story Jen, we will add them to our prayers.
Love you.

Cailean said...

I did a little googling and found his name and the news story about him. Oh how sad! He seemed like a wonderful kid. I am glad they have people like you to support them. Thanks for sharing this important reminder - cherish every moment!

Johnsons of Haymarket said...

A fine tribute to our teacher and friend, well written. I have been wondering how life could go on as well after a loss like this. I think she is a much stronger person than I.

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