I am sitting here so very humbled and amazed.
People came to the party.
The smiles were plentiful.
The hugs warm.
The wishes for happiness even warmer.
The food was great.
I loved seeing so many friends.
I loved seeing a group of my college age kids sitting together and remembering...and laughing at the photos of themselves as tiny ones.
I loved the affirmations of a job well done.
I loved when Greyson, as serious as could be, said, "You're really retiring? But, I am going to miss you."
Then my eyes started to sweat!
I read the sweetest notes on the butterflies that they hung on our tree...
-You are a good drawer...like a artist.
-I miss you. I love you.
-I'm so glad I was in your class. Good jod, Mrs. Lohr
-I loved this class all the time.
Dang sweaty eyes!
The butterfly notes from the college kids were just as sweet and quite a bit longer. They didn't have to come. They didn't have to tell me I made a difference.
One of the darlings brought a picture of us from her kindergarten days, still in the little frame we made for it. I had a matching one on the photo board!
One of the other little darlings...well, actually quite large darlings with facial hair and a girl friend, but still adorable, came up to me as he was leaving and said as he opened his arms. "I'm only doing this once!"
I am tired.
I am happy.
I made a difference.
I still have gifts to open.
There were so many pictures taken, but I am too tired to do that bit now...can you wait? Please.