Thursday, January 14, 2010

Some "Ups" of the week!..

Its been a calm and somewhat passive week... but even with a "non-eventful" week.... there have been some ups and some downs... I will only talk about the ups.. I don't want to talk about my Red Saturn that is in the shop and needs a whole new engine!... I am not talking about that... I will share a couple of "ups"..........

Ups.... well.... I am working hard on "moving forward"... taking care of me... getting blood work... getting unfinished health issues resolved... exercising each day... taking my Vitamins... you know the normal January stuff...
But....
A sweet and heartwarming "up" for today took place just after lunch. We have two shifts of lunch .. Early lunch starts at 12 and ends at 12:40, while late lunch starts at 12:3o until 1:10. Around 12:45, kids are coming in from recess and dropping off borrowed mitts, while the late lunch kids have just finished eating and are coming in to borrow mitts. Its usually a pretty steady time of the day with a lot of kids coming in and out for about 10 minutes. But today... was quiet. Abnormally quiet. At the end of early lunch, Linda was getting ready to go for a walk and I was at the counter talking with a student and the phone rings... Chantal, who is working in the office today, makes a mad dash for the phone... while I send off a student with a dry pair of mitts. Along comes one of our repeat "borrowers", returning snowy wet mitts. She has a very long face, as she slowly walked up to the counter. You see, this morning, she lost her beautiful WHITE mitts she got for Xmas... well just one of them... and this is the 4th time it has gone missing. We, at the office, seem to always recognise it whenever we are in the cafeteria, hallway or gym. We have always been able to recover her mitt/or mitts... but not today. She left us with her one mitt, and had to borrowed some pink gloves.
Anyway, as she slowly sauntered in, eyes down cast, twirling the end of a strand of her hair, I hear Chantal say, while still on the phone, with a very excited voice , "we will MAKE her available". I looked and she was putting the phone on hold. I thought someone very important must have been on the phone for our Principal, just the way she said it.... and then she turned to me, glassy eyed and excited. She said " Its a dad from Afghanistan on the phone... he wants to speak to his little girl!" And can you guess what little girl...yup, my little down trodden mitten girl!!! She just happens to be one of Chantals grade Primary students... When she saw little R standing in the doorway, Chantal asked her to come with her to Linda's desk... there was someone special on the phone. I am sure little R was worried that it might be someone upset over her yet again lost mitt, so, when she sat in Linda's chair and put the phone to her ear... she wasn't smiling. Then all of a sudden she raised her voice to the most amazing "Hi Daddy!" I have ever heard. Well... all three of the women in the room (me included) welded up with tears and we got all giggly!!! Oh... so heartwarming. They chatted for about 5 minutes and then the call ended with "I love you more, Daddy!". Bahhhhhh... more blubbering on our part and our little mitten girl skipped off to class with not a care in the world...

It was a beautiful moment!


9 comments:

cpm said...

I'm crying reading it again tonight! So nice!
I wanted to blog about it too..but I might just put a link to yours if you don't mind!

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Susan said...

What a wonderful story!! My eyes welled up too. I could see it all happening in my mind. Love it!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful story..how perfect that Chantal was in the office today to get to witness this!
Always good to hear about the ups!

Debbie

GailM. said...

How sweet. I welled up with tears as I was reading it too. Does that happen often? It's great that he had the phone number to call.

Anonymous said...

Well....I am now blubbering. Ta Donna

SAM said...

oh my goodness....i am crying and blubbering too.....what a moment!! Gald you blogged about it Donna!

mvm said...

I'm crying.... being in a military town we all know someone or are going through it ourselves. I was there that day when "R" came up to me and said, "Guess what Mrs. Major!!! My daddy called me from Afghanistan and he said when he gets home he is going to buy me a bike." Too cute!

ancient one said...

Love, love this post!!!