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Long Live the Queen

Five years ago, a wonderful lady came into our lives. She was (and is) a teacher of gifted students at a middle school. I think teachers of middle school students should be appreciated every day. Good teachers of middle school students should be given the Congressional Medal of honor.

This teacher calls herself the Queen in jest, but she is often a surrogate mother to these kids who know they are different at a time when being different is terrifying. Her class is a haven where they can be themselves and still feel part of the group.

Both of my sons have had her as a teacher. W would not have survived middle school nearly as well without her. At the beginning of school, I thanked her for coming to his funeral. She hugged me and said," He will be missed." The perfect words.

Friday, she is going in for surgery for cancer of the breast that has spread to her lymph nodes. Shortly after, she will have to begin the hard road of chemotherapy. We decided to do something special for her. As A said, "It's the least we can do."

We bought her a lovely Queen's hat with (fake) ermine, velvet and jewels. She has threatened to wear a purple wig after her hair falls out, and we wanted to give her a fun alternative. We put it in a hat box and decorated it with her coat of arms and the words "Royal Haberdashery--By Appointment to Her Majesty" I hope she likes it. It was the least we could do.


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Aug. 26th, 2004 09:26 am (UTC)
hi, i was just looking at Vicar of Dibley fan listing, and you were on it, so i thought i would come to your journal and have a skim as i sometimes do when im bored and not wanting to do university work!, and i just wanted to let you know, that i shed tears for a 16 yr old boy, who i would never have met in my life, but who i have gotten to hear about because of the internet and you. I feel for you and offer condolencences to you and you family, although they may feel empty coming from the void of the internet and all the way from Australia. I hope not, because i mean them very sincerely.

I just wanted to comment, as your journal touched me very much.

Aug. 26th, 2004 09:30 am (UTC)
Thanks very much, and welcome!
Aug. 27th, 2004 04:20 am (UTC)
what an absolutely fabulous thing to do for a wonderful woman....

I send kudos to you all
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