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Posted on 2011.05.21 at 20:46
Current Music: Your Call ~Secondhand Serenade
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I've met a lot of people in 32 years of life, and I can count on one hand the ones that really touched my heart. One of them is my former Orchestra Director. Orchestra was like my family and in many ways she was like a mother to me. Professionally she is one I strive to be most like. It's difficult to realize that someone who has always been a pillar for you, a symbol of strength and reason, is not invincible.

She has two brain tumors. They are operating this week. I didn't know what to say to email her...I didn't want to be negative as I don't think she'd want that. I wanted to let her know I believed in her strength without sounding unrealistic or minimizing the pain she and her family might be in. I wanted to let her know the impact she had on my life without writing pages she may not have the time to read.

Ultimately I wrote:

Just wanted to let you know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. As a child orchestra was my family and while you were an excellent teacher, your were so much more. As a professional you are the role model I strive to mold myself after. You touched my life deeply and it is because of you that I decided to teach...and I am so grateful you put me on this path. Thank you.

I know you must be busy, but I wanted to send you a note to let you know I'm thinking about you. Hang in there! *hugs* I have faith that soon this will be behind you. Even so, if there is anything I can do for you or your family all you need do is say so.

There's really only one or two other people who have impacted my life as she has...and I can't imagine a world without them. It's really bothering me but I can't quite reach the emotions of it because nothing has happened or not happened yet. She wouldn't want any of us to dwell on it I don't think, but it's still difficult. Still, what I wrote seems insufficient to express my feelings...although I'm not sure words can express them sufficiently. But I hope it was enough.

Her response:

Love you too (my name). Thanks so much.

Please let things go well and return to normal for her and her family soon.

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