Split Team Challenge Bonus Blog for Nov. 4, 2014

Monday, November 04, 2013

The other night I was dreaming of a wonderful elderly gentleman in my neighborhood when I was a preteen. He was always polite and gracious to me and he was involved in some neighborhood organizations. Ben Puleo would always ask after me and my family. He recommended me to some position in a teen group. I never did look into that. He always ended our conversations reminding me that he wanted to be invited to my wedding. The years went by and eventually I did have a wedding. My husband was very puzzled about why one of the very limited seats should go to this non-family, non-close friend. I couldn't articulate it then but I knew he belonged there for a reason. As a teacher, we know that it is important to ask children if the are going to plan on college and what college they would like to go to. We know that it is important for the child to realize that there is the possibility of achieving much more in their lifetime. It forces them to consider and more likely accept the possibility of getting a degree. In an age where a large percent of babies are born out of wedlock, was one who encouraged the teens to believe that they would be going into married relationships. This was a matter of fact way of letting me know that this is what would be expected. It was a subtle "Push" in the right direction. Something so simple, yet so profound. Our words have the power of life and death. It is a reminder to us to speak life into other's lives, especially those who are struggling. A second part of the bonus challenge was to write about someone who held us back in some way. The teacher who wouldn't accept my application into a humanities class because it was written in green ink held me back from enjoying a taste of a humanities course in high school. Conversely, it inspired me to pursue a degree in Philosophy. Take the negatives and turn them into hurdles that make us stronger. I was privileged to watch a butterfly coming out of its cocoon once. Mrs. Velez was so excited and called those still in the building afterschool hours to come watch the birth of the butterfly. She explained that we couldn't help in any way because the struggle strengthened the wings so that it would be strong enough to fly. May our struggles help turn us into. eagles that soar
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    Wonderful blog and one that touched my very soul because I AM a teacher and I love to see the butterflies spread their wings and fly.
    1989 days ago
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    What a beautiful post Lorraine. Thank you for sharing! emoticon
    1990 days ago
    emoticon emoticon It amazing how one person can have such a profound impact on our lives. We all need to be like Mr. Puleo and spread "hope" to others!
    1991 days ago
    What a heartfelt blog. Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I could really feel and see the old man and the butterfly. I love butterflies because they signify transformation and rebirth from a caterpillar that crawls on the ground into a lovely butterfly that opens its wings and soars, feeling the freedom to leave the ground and see a whole new world.
    1991 days ago
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