Resting on Laurels…, Part III of III

Resting on Laurels…, Part III of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.

Part III:

When you read this, you may be prepping for recess; your family may have busy summer schedules, camp; maybe you are attending a state or national NCRA, National Court Reporting Association, convention with your peers. Perhaps you will be vacationing, taking a breath from daily details.

Last summer I wrote an e-mail to a dear friend (a pillar in our profession) asking when might be a good time to troll a question past him.

Instantly, he replied, “I’m on a beach in the Bahamas in my bathing suit with my laptop. Now’s a good time! Really! My family is in the water. They understand. How can I help you, Monette?”

I am determined that when the student is ready the teacher appears.

The teacher may be stranger, friend, foe, or four-legged creature.

Lessons are gifted when we least suspect new possibilities.

My foster child in the Philippines is attending a university.

I know she’s on a bus 1.5s hour one-way.

Foster children I have assisted have earned diplomas to become a teacher, a seamstress, and have continued their education.

There are also children that vanish with their families; I never hear if that child fulfilled their dreams.(When a family

leaves without notice one never knows …)

I desired to know this young lady’s choice.

Seychelle’s letter in today’s mail contained the wisdom I needed to remain in the calm eye of hurricane in which I live.

“Recently, you were asking what I am taking. Presently, I’m a student with the university earning a BS in accountancy. This is really hard, but I’m trying to make sure I also deserve to be in the accountancy department.

“This summer vacation, I think I won’t have time painting the town red. I’ll have summer classes and give my attention in studying.

“But, of course, to relieve the stressful things that I do, I find time for me to be relaxed or read my books or take a nap regarding my condition. I’m doing good in a healthy body…”

Yes, from a pencil on the other side of the world the message is gently gifted.

She always writes, “Monette, take care of yourself, rest, and have fun.”

From her lips to our ears (and fingers while at our work), may this be so.

Resting on laurels? Yes, rest.

Today I put rest on my “to-do list.”

Bring it on.

And a porch swing sounds delightful – sweet bay laurel leaf and mountain laurels are optional.

Part I of III is posted July 2, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part II of III is posted July 18, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

Part III of III is posted July 28, 2014, Monette’s Musings, and

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