Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tattle Tale Tuesday

Mom here, Today's Tattle Tale is about one of my students and how you can NEVER underestimate the often profound results of your actions.

I used to teach Saturday mornings. Several years ago I got an adult student, who was having a hard time, struggling to get by when other students seemed to just breeze by. Her attendance was, if I remember correctly, spotty, in the beginning. But I just wanted to help her. I liked her and knew that she could do it. I had faith in her. When I moved to the beginner adults on Mondays and Wednesdays, soon she was there too. Over the years, she has told me many things. Here are a few of them.

1) There were days that I only walked into the studio because I saw that you were there.

2) I had an excellent teacher teach me how to do synwally (double sticks).

3) You changed my life. (This was a note that she left on the windshield of my car. It is on the fridge and will stay there for a long time.)

Recently she was asked to join the Teaching Staff. There are 5 openings and 30 students were asked. I read the letter she wrote. One of the things she said was that she wanted to "model herself after the excellent teaching staff."

You do know who I was referring to, don't you? She asked me. I told her I would get a swelled head from all those compliments and that I wasn't really all that wonderful. She told me I was wonderful, because I didn't think I was.

Last Wednesday she asked if I was going to be there when she tested for red belt. Passing means a new class on a new night. I wasn't sure what was up because of PlusOne's cello, but after getting home and thinking about it, I knew I had to go. She wanted me there. I had to be there for her. I went to karate to watch her test and then I would meet dad and PlusOne at cello.

When she saw me get out of the car, I knew she was happy. I will let you read what she said on her blog. I was very honored. It is very humbling to realize that you have impacted some one's life and that you have become that important to them without the bonds of blood or family.

Never underestimate your actions or your words. We bloggers do not judge others who blog about their cat or dog. We offer our heartfelt support, love, and in some cases, money to those who need it. MomRobyn, DivaKitty and all the cat bloggers got Auntie to Sprout's funeral this summer. I will never forget that. Ever. The blog is an amazing force for good, but so are each and every one of you. You may not realize how you help someone by your comments but believe me, you do.


Punchbugpug said...

What a wonderful thing! Giving time of oneself is the most generous gift of all. I think you have found Christmas!

Lux said...

That was beautiful. {{{hugs}}} to you.

Karen Jo said...

That was great. It's wonderful to find out that you have had a great positive effect on someone.

Salinger The Pug said...

Wow...what a nice post! Give yourself a big hug from us and we're going to smile all day after reading this!

BTW...tell hubby that he has fellow Bruins fans here in Indy too! Although we're die hard Wings fans (I'm from Detroit...I was born that way!) we're actually huge fans of any Original Six team. I've just never thought it was right that cities without naturally occuring snow/ice should have a hockey team. Were you Whalers fans before they moved to Carolina?

Have a great day and really...thank you for sharing this post. I find it amazing that I've made so many great friends and connections through what I thought was just a goofy way to post pics of my dog!

Have a great day!

Laura (Salinger's mom)

The Meezers said...

what a wonderful post! it is truly humbling to know that you have made an impact on someones life

Mickey said...

That is such a nice post :)
Too often we do not realize our affect on people. That is why it is important to be good and kind and loving. You did good :) !!

seriously amused said...

Thank you for this inspiring post!!

Mom always says it's important to make a positive diff even if only in a small way like opening a door for someone struggling with a stroller. You never know, that person could be having a very difficult day and you might be only one who makes that person feel like they matter.

Ms. P and Cinza

seriously amused said...

PS We're posting again.

Sandra y Coco said...

What a great story! I am glad I got to know wonderful people like you through my blog. This post was inspiring!

Cheysuli and gemini said...

Hugs to you. I think that is a great story about the impact of being a teacher. And think--who knows who SHE could inspire--because of what you said?

Maybe cat and dog bloggers really will change the world.

Daisy said...

That was very inspiring!

Pearl said...

We've got goose bumps over here. What a lovely post. Congratulations on being the kind of teacher that inspires others to be their best!

Nevis said...

What a wonderful post! AND love the quilt!!!

Three Pugsketeers said...

It is such an wonderful thing to inspire someone to do something. You are right about blogs having an impact on the world; I am humbled each and every time someone tells me that I isnpired them to do something!

Lex said...

What a beautiful post! It is awe inspiring to recieve words of love and support from people all over the world, some that you don't even know!

Your support for your student and everyone else shows what a wonderful caring person you are. :)

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

Awe, that's so sweet!

Eduardo said...

What a great post today! The blog is full of love & it has done wonderful things for my Mommy!
Hugs & Snugs
Eduardo the Snuggle Puggle

Melissa and Emmitt said...

oh what a wonderful post!
you are so right. we never know how we touch others lives.

you are very special m.

m & e

Puglette said...

what a very nice post! thank you so much for sharing this with us. you are so right about blogging, these little moments of time shared with each other are wonderful.

Angus Mhor said...

Thank you for tellin' us about your karate friend-did she pass? And you're absolutely right-we can never estimate the worth of our lives to someone else. I'd say you're PRICELESS!!

TooCutePugs said...

What a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing!