I remember my Daddy telling me as a little girl to always be loyal and stand by the person/ground you believe in. The person you are helping will know you have confidence in them and they in turn will trust you. In the past few days this came to pass twice. The first was a little friend that I asked before he started reading, how his Easter was and if he had gotten an Easter basket from his parents? He looked at me with his big brown eyes and replied, no Ms Millie only from my Mom, I don’t have a Daddy anymore. It’s a secret but I am telling you because I love you even though you are old. Need I tell you that a tiny smile appeared along with my wet eyes as I thanked him and said “I am sure your Daddy loves you is so proud of you,too.” He gave me a big smile in return and started to read. These sad/but honest comments reassure me that my volunteering is worth gold and adds so much to my life and it seems it is a win-win situation.
My second bonanza is the gal I have mentoring for the past three years (Sophia) and she will be graduating next year with a scholarship. She has had a difficult time with family and personal problems but she is constantly trying her best and her marks are improving. She will be taking summer courses on-line to bring up better grades for the senior year. Today she hugged me and thanked me for never giving up on her and exclaiming “you are the only one who hasn’t” and I replied, I never will. “My plan is to be at your graduation come next June 2014, Sophia and if you believe you can, you will.”
I am eternally grateful that my Daddy instilled in me the concept of believing in one’s self and dream your dreams. So called “pipe dreams” do come true if you try hard enough!
Current Mood: Esctatic