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Kathy shows up again

I forgot to mention that Kathy Smith called the day before I went to Boston. She said she had been waiting to hear from me. I pointed out that I was at the college on Monday, July 3rd for our lesson, and when she didn’t show up, I tried calling, but her phone was disconnected. She insisted we agreed I’d call when I was home from my residency and has been anxiously awaiting word from me – that the disconnected phone was a temporary thing.  I told her not to worry, I planned to hunt her down as soon as school began, so it was not I would have let things go much longer. I am not the sort of girl that fades away . . . Once involved, I’m forever present, even when it seems as if I’m absent. My heart commitments don’t have a statue of limitations and no matter how demanding life gets, I find a way back to what is important. 

What counted was that we connected and made plans to continue tackling her illiteracy. I’m so glad, because I truly like her, and I like ME when I’m working with her. I respond well to the slap-in-the-face reminder that I am a fortunate individual. Sometimes I believe I am at my best when helping others help themselves. Anyway, I’m thrilled that my project of teaching Kathy to read is hanging in there – a bumpy road, for sure, but all the best destinations are at the end of bumpy roads. Fewer people are willing to endure all that jostled about when traveling roads with ruts and bumps. Makes arriving at those remote places so much sweeter than cruising the well-tred paved paths with crowds to places that aren’t so hard to reach. 

Tonight I will be collecting my materials, brushing up, and writing something for Kathy to read. I am developing our materials as we go. Funny, my best friends are never the people one would pair up with me for reasons of similar life-styles. The friends I appreciate most are people I admire, for uniqueness, ability to overcome adversity, attitude and heart.   

Anyway, tomorrow I will resumes my adventures with Kathy. Makes me smile. We can all use an extra smile a day. Maybe, I’ll take a picture of us together tomorrow so you can see her. A picture says so much about how our state. That said . . . this is me today. Grinning for private reasons. 

About Ginny East Shaddock

Director of Heartwood Retreat Center, Ginny is also a writer. This is her personal blog with essay form writing about life and reflection. My entries are often lengthy and random, because I'm not here to promote or sell anything. I'm not expecting followers - just find this format a good place to think with the pen.

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  1. Ginny,You are truely amazing, talented writer. Love ya. Kathy

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  2. Please tell me this is Kathy Peterson and NOT Kathy my illiterate student, following along on my reading escapades, all the while making our lessons one great ruse to make a fool of me! Ha! wouldn’t that make for an interesting plot twist in the novel of my life.Hi Kathy. Pregnant yet? It is the job of your generation to populate the world with decent dancers ya know. Let me take credit for at least that.  

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  3. Yes Kathy Petersen, no not pregnant. Still waiting a little while on that subject. But I thought what perfect timing then to write you back on “Kathy Shows Up Again” ironic!. You are still a true inspiration to me. Thank you. Your house how amazing and I told my husband about all the classes you and Mark are taking, he said where do they live, I want to meet them!! Hope all is going great and we will have to catch up sometime. Love ya

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