Not all college stories are forbidden from children’s ears

The plan was to be a high school English teacher. My teaching style? A balance of toughness and quirky humor. My son is now the unappreciative recipient of such silliness when he asks for homework help. I admit it; I crack myself up. He pretends to dislike my current-day interpretations of reading Shakespeare — but he does laugh. Sometimes. I’m sure his eye-rolling (inherited from yours truly) isn’t genuine. Or is it…

But during my college quest for an English degree, I took classes outside of the typical Shakespearean curriculum. I took courses in special education as well. As such, I volunteered for the first time in my life — during the Special Olympics held at my university. When I arrived at the event, the activity and noise was shocking. Loudspeakers blared, people shouted, crowds scurried in all directions. It was Complete. Sensory. Overload.

My participation? Very minimal. I simply assisted on lane-duty during a track relay. I showed up with no expectations other than to acquire a good grade.

I left a more enriched person. I’d encouraged strangers. I’d hugged those victorious and those who lost. The energy was positive, loving, good-natured and non-judgmental. It was just plain good. But I was smitten.

Goodness is what it’s all about, isn’t it? It’s assisting others. It’s seeing life through eyes of gratefulness and wonder. The world of volunteerism is alive, it’s well, and it’s always in genuine need. And what a gift to provide assistance when and where we can. I applaud all who assist and all who wish to help. You make the world a better place. In the month of April, it’s the season of volunteerism and rebirth. It’s Easter. It’s when we focus on green living for Earth Day. It’s when spring break diets kick into high gear and we live in a more healthful manner. So, why not consider trying something new to enrich your well-being? Be it charity, a new diet, a new smoothie or date night tradition, there are always ways to grow the good within. And beyond.

And if your son asks for interpretation help with homework? Enjoy the blessing of time together. Surprise him with out-of-the-ordinary responses. He may roll his eyes, but he’ll love you all the more. Enjoy this lovely April issue. We created it just for you. ” With warmest regards,

From the executive editor
Sue Rawlinson

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