FALLEN ANGEL FROM 1961
Blessed." It's the only word I can think of to describe my memories & interactions with Mrs. C. Utterly & inexpicably blessed. Mrs. C gave me so, so much.
1) Because of her, I am choosing to become a college professor.
2) Mrs. C gave me a greater understanding & respect for memorizing Scripture; she HIGHLY encouraged my memorizing verses in AWANA & cheered for me in competitions.
3) Mrs. C was very influential in planting seeds in my spiritual life before I became a believer.
4) Mrs. C is one of the many who have exemplified the art of selflessness that I have yet to "perfect."
5) Mrs. C taught me to laugh at myself. She often teased me, but was just as quick to first poke fun at herself.
6) Mrs. C helped me realize the importance of being present in two different ways. With just a quick hug & a little chat, I knew she was an advocate for me & cared about me. She always was invested. She also showed that tomorrow is tomorrow & today is today. A simple concept, but a profound one. She lived for today & its joys, not for the tomorrows.
7) Mrs. C taught me how to be BOTH a great storyteller & a great listener. To this day, I still cannot do it half as well as her, but how I hope to be someday.
Mrs. C was no ordinary woman. No, she was a warrior for Jesus Christ. Fierce & bold yet loving & sweet, she ran the race like no tomorrow.
I used to hate English, but she gave me a love for it. When I announced I wanted to be a professor, she lit up! When I said of English, she busted out laughing! Oh, the irony.
At my last visit with Mrs. C, she told me she was so excited for my girlfriend & I. We talked for a good while & before I left, she asked if I still wanted to teach English. I said yes & we both laughed. Yes, what irony indeed.
I loved Mrs. C so much. What a beautiful friend. What a beautiful life. What a beautiful champion.
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