My kids....My heart

My kids....My heart

Monday, October 4, 2010

Faith & Courage

Faith and Courage

Faith: firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust

Courage: mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty

Faith & Courage. Those are two small, profound words that are tattooed above the ankle on my left foot. Why would a 43 year old woman decide to tattoo those words on her ankle? Well the idea was born to share a life-bonding moment with two remarkable young ladies that I shared my days with at Conchos School. I believed with my whole heart that I provided them with unconditional love and guidance. And I wholeheartedly believed that I nurtured them through some pretty intense days of teaching at Conchos School. In my mind, I believed that I gave them strength and reassurance. And some days, well, I was just their cheerleader. Upon their departure, I quickly discovered how they nurtured me through some pretty intense days at Conchos School. I quickly realized that they provided me with strength, unconditional love and on some days – yes, they were my personal cheerleaders.

Courage - The word I used to describe them over and over again. It is absolutely a perfect description. It is not possible to teach without courage – that is an absolute fact.

Faith – The word faith came to mind the very day we drove to the tattoo parlor. The only justification I have for this word is that God whispered in my ear that day that I was absolutely going to need it!

It’s been almost five months since these beautiful and courageous ladies shared their every days with me. Oh, how I miss them. It is not possible for them to know how much their love held me up through my own personal journey. Over the past several months, I have experienced some gut wrenching days. It is simply not necessary to reveal the details here but I know with certainty that I could not have survived those days without a little bit of faith, a healthy dose of courage and the love from these very special young ladies.