Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Happy Veterans' Day and Spreading the Love

Yesterday I was a little preoccupied, so I thought I would share my feelings about our wonderful soldiers here. It is also appropriate because my dad was in the army before I was born.

I am so grateful for these men and women who selflessly serve our country so that we may enjoy the freedoms that we sometimes take for granted. I know I don't think about it often enough. They are willing to die so that we may worship as we see fit. We live in a nation with so many opportunities because of what these soldiers do.

I read this story and I really liked its message. So, here it is...

Back in September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social studies school teacher at Robinson High School in Little Rock, did something not to be forgotten. On the first day of school, with permission of the school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she took all of the desks out of the classroom.

The kids came into first period, they walked in, there were no desks. They obviously looked around and said, "Ms. Cothren, where's our desk?" And she said, "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn them."

They thought, "Well, maybe it's our grades."

"No," she said.

"Maybe it's our behavior."

And she told them, "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so they came and went in the first period, still no desks in the classroom. Second period, same thing. Third period. By early afternoon television news crews had gathered in Ms. Cothren's class to find out about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of the classroom.

The last period of the day, Martha Cothren gathered her class. They were at this time sitting on the floor around the sides of the room. And she says, "Throughout the day no one has really understood how you earn the desks that sit in this classroom ordinarily." She said, "Now I'm going to tell you."

Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it, and as she did 27 U.S. veterans , wearing their uniforms, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk. And they placed those school desks in rows, and then they stood along the wall. And by the time they had finished placing those desks, those kids for the first time I think perhaps in their lives understood how they earned those desks.

Martha said, "You don't have to earn those desks. These guys did it for you. They put them out there for you, but it's up to you to sit here responsibly to learn, to be good students and good citizens, because they paid a price for you to have that desk, and don't ever forget it."

I hope you felt what I felt as I read that. I am so appreciative of all that has been sacrificed for us.

I also want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. I will continue spreading the love in my comments because it lets me remember how grateful I am for my friends and loved ones!

1 comment:

ped crossing said...

We take so much for granted. Amongst all the crazy adventures I have every day, I have really been thinking about how thankful I am for what I have.

I hope you are doing better and your little ones are sleeping better.