Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Once in a blue moon

As many of you know, I'm a volunteer ESL teacher on Wednesday nights.

This "term," I'm teaching a group of intermediate students - usually I teach beginners - so the lessons are more advanced.

A couple of weeks ago, we were discussing time tenses - past, present, future, etc - and terms that go with them. Always. Never. Sometimes.

And I tried to explain, "Once in a blue moon." (That was difficult.)

Which brings me to the point - it is once in a blue moon that someone makes a gesture that truly touches me.

I am, by nature, a cynic. You don't become a journalist otherwise! I have tried to transform that into hope and positivity, especially because I work in the nonprofit world and you know we can all use all of the laughs we can get.

Today, I got home from a very busy day at work to find a lovely card in the mail from Green Tea.

She and her family have suffered a great loss and she has been able to rebound and go on as I don't think I'd have the strength to do.

Turns out, she and her family have worked and do work in the mental health field.

She enclosed a donation to our upcoming walk - the proceeds of which support mental health programs - in memory of her grandniece.

I can't tell you why this touched me so much - but I think you'll understand why it did.


Claire said...

What a lovely post. :-)


Word Geek said...

I tried to email you. it was a resounding failure. stay tuned.

Riot Kitty said...

word geek: michelle at riotkitty dot net!

Granny Annie said...

Lovely and rare.

LL Cool Joe said...

That's very cool. :)

You a cynic. I never would have guessed!! I was too, until I grew up and realised that not everyone in this world sucks.

Shionge said...

This is absolutely wonderful and yes, these 'once in a blue moon' feeling is great :D

Green tea said...

Thank you M, I appreciate anyone willing to help those that can't help them selves.
It is a lesson that comes with loss.