What compels one to undertake writing a blog? Back in September, 2010 I was gripped by a sense of carpe diem. I distinctly remember that first post. It came out of my desire to wish my Aunt Betsy a very special birthday. On that birthday, I wanted to thank her for how she had enriched my life, helped me make decisions in carving my career path, and left me with stories and memories to last a lifetime.
Although the miles separated us, I wanted in writing to let her know how much I loved her and how much I appreciated her influence. In seizing the moment I began listing the memories in long hand. And in writing that list, it occurred to me “Goodness, there’s a lot here. The family needs to know this, but how to communicate it to a family strung out from coast to coast, from the US to Brazil, in China, to Holland and Germany. A blog post? It had to be a blog post, something with a URL they could find in this digital world.”
Henry Adams said, “Teachers affect eternity. One never knows where their influence stops.”
My aunt was a teacher. Although she taught in Spain, I ran into her students, the parents of some of my students in a suburban school district where I taught for 30+ years. What are the chances of such meetings? I never could have planned this.
Aunt Betsy, born on September 13, 1915 passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014.
You can read that first post here.