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.