Listing posts tagged with Love:

What to Say about Your Valentine

When I was in grade school, I always hoped a certain blonde haired girl would drop a Valentine in my box. Each year from first through fourth grade I held my breath.

I never got the Valentine.

I used to think it scarred me for life, that Valentine’s Day would always be a day of dread and regret.

Then, one Sunday, I had lunch at someone’s house and I knew the rest of my life would be different.

I had found my Valentine, even if she didn’t know it.


Lessons on Giving Your Life Away

I have lived a blessed life because of all the people with whom I have worked. This Christmas, I am reflecting upon the gift of people in my life.

I have written about people who I consider simply amazing like my South African friend, Mandy Rapson, an Honduran medical doctor/pastor, Jorge Ponce, and my incredible students.  These people give their lives away regularly and inspire me with their creativity, selflessness, and graciousness.

Today, I am thinking about Gil and Lya Santhon. They have changed me and they continue to inspire me.

Let me tell you about them. We can all learn a lesson from them about giving our lives away.


Learning How to Let Go

I have a love affair with books. I started dating books when I saw Dick and Jane run after Spot in first grade.

I nurtured the relationship in third grade when The Scholastic Book Club let me order books from handouts my teacher, Mrs. Baker, would give us. I still remember reading The Furious Flycycle

I married books in the fourth grade. Mrs. Fountain held up a sign and told the class we would get a certificate if we read something like 8 fiction books, 5 science books, and 8 non-fiction books. I read more than a hundred.