The Mama Kat’s writing prompt I ended up with this week is “What inspired you this week?” It is hard to choose just one thing.
I got to see Nick earn his completion certificate from the Tallahassee Teen Challenge Men’s Program. He shared his testimony in this post about Teen Challenge’s Car Care Program. I met his wife, his sister, and a faith community that has helped him turn his life around.
I read “Highest Duty,” a biography by Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the USAir pilot who “landed” his disabled plane in the Hudson River after a flock of birds caused both engines to quit. One of the personal effects returned to him once the contents of the plane were delivered to their rightful owners was a fortune cookie fortune he always carried with him: Delay is better than disaster. No kidding.
The ultimate inspiration from the week points out how you don’t have to have a lot of years on you to know how to come together and support each other when a community has a loss. Nathan White, who was the band director at my son’s middle school, Montford Middle, died suddenly of a heart attack at age 47. I am embarrassed to say that although he and I lived only a mile apart in the same neighborhood and our children went to the same school, we had never met. I had met his wife, Ginger, when I used to be at the bus stop in the mornings. I met his kids at the bus stop. He had always left for work prior to bus stop time since he was a teacher. I still regret that we never connected. I drive past his house every single time I enter or leave our neighborhood.
When he died, I asked to join the Facebook group that his former and current students had created. The main creator is a ninth grader now, and she is a young lady I have known since she was a cute little kindergartner. I have watched her grow into an articulate, empathic young woman who is a stellar big sister to two very young little girls. I watched the kids talk among themselves on Facebook, sharing philosophy:
As far as inspirations go, I think they had a good one, and in turn they served as an inspiration to me.
Wife of one, Mom of two, Friend of many. My pronouns are she/her/hers.