I've never met a Kathleen I didn't like. There is a special Kathleen I know who has a generous nature, a hearty laugh, the ability to find the greatest children's books I've never heard of. She's good at crafts, from all those Girls Scout days. She taught me how to use a glue gun. She knows her way around an iPad and pushed me to learn new types of technology. She is a gifted teacher, the one the kids will always remember, will think about when asked to name their favorite teacher. She was a treasured colleague who brought light and innovation. We are no longer Kathleens across the hall, but friendship has never really been about geography.
Last year, Kathleen gave me a box of quotes. Each one is a gift to me, as she has been a gift to me, too. Tonight, I pulled out the quotes and these are the ones that spoke to my heart:
"Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes
that would make all the difference."
"The place you are in needs you today."
"Life has taught me one supreme lesson. This is that we must- if we are to really live- we must put our convictions into action."
"Every accomplishment begins with a decision to try."
-Edward T. Kelly
"Renew your passions daily."
"As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way."
-Mary Anne Radmacher
"Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder."
"If you do nothing unexpected, nothing unexpected happens."
"Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons."
-Ruth Ann Schabacker
"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does."
"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
Thanks for bringing the sunshine, Kathleen. :)