Yesterday I introduced this year's feature with my good friend Kerry Parker; in my haste I completely overlooked a comment that a student of Kerry's sent in. I encourage you to go back and visit yesterday's post, as I've amended it to include the beautiful statement from Jackie Manosky. Today, Kerry is going to share her own hero:
There are so many people that inspire me, people who have changed the world by the choices and sacrifices they have made. Among all of these, my hero has always been my mother. From the time I was very little, she made every moment we had together special—reading stories, playing with us, tending the garden and making a mess with us. She led and assisted in Scouts and Sunday School for us and sought to give us a strong base in faith, leadership and responsibility. She encouraged my siblings and I in every venture we jumped into and comforted us when we struggled and fell. She saw that I was a dreamer and made it her goal to help me to realize anything that I could imagine. I teach because I watched how she made a difference with every student and family that chanced to work with her. I pray every day to have just a fraction of her patience, her will, her energy and her listening skills so that I can encourage others in their dreams and she has encouraged me in mine.
I should probably add that Kerry's mother is Sharon Parker. A woman I grew up knowing almost as well as my own mother!
How many of you count your mother as a hero? Be sure to hug her today, even if it's verbally over the phone or simply in your heart.