Friday, May 25, 2007

Sooooooooooo Thoughtful!






Treadmills
Thursday night we had a staff party where Charlotte and myself were honored as we ended our teaching careers:D I was presented with one of the most thoughtful gifts I have ever been given.....aside from my sister's wonderful birthday gift posted earlier:) The staff had put together a "Grandma Bag" that brought tears to my eyes! The gorgeous bag was made by one of my good friends, Sharon, who is a master seamstress! She knows me well and shares the same tastes......so the bag was PERFECT!!!! They had filled it with "Grandma Goodies"......butterfly nets, bubble wands, golf clubs, baseballs, frisbee, insect/butterfly cage, sidewalk chalk, puppet, jump ropes, bubbles, and bathtub paints! In the side pocket was a bit more......there I found a gift card for Ted Drew's (our famous frozen custard establishment), gift certificate to a darling new children and grandma restaurant called, Ellie Cooper, and gift certificates for the St. Louis Zoo! The time it took to collect and make all this sets me back on my heels!!!!!! How adorable and thoughtful! I will never forget this wonderful gift and what went into it:) Now Sharon..........not only is she one of the sweetest people I have ever known, but one of the most generous! Always willing to do for others.....which has always included me! She and her husband came to help us pack and move 9 years ago. Then, she proceeded to make 6 sets of darling window toppers for my kitchen. A year later she shows up with a gorgeous table cloth she made to match my kitchen! She has made me throw pillows and mended my winter coat! Only a real friend will volunteer to do those labor intensive tasks.......that is Sharon! She is the maker of this magical tote bag......................check out the inside! She had all the kids at school draw sketches of themselves which she then shrunk down and transfered onto fabric. These she sewed together with this darling black and white border (which I am sure she made herself:) Well, this was a real treat.......and they will never know how they touched me with this thoughtful and personal gift! Thank you Bristol:)

6 comments:

Judy said...

What a lovely and thoughtful gift. But only a special person recieves such special gifts Linda. Congratulations on completing what seems like a wonderful and enriching career.

Lori said...

what a sweet and thoughtful gift!! i am sure the little ones will have a blast will all of those goodies!!

teresa said...

Oh that bag is WONDERFUL!!! And filled with things that will bring you much happiness too. How thoughtful! Congrats to you!

Cathy said...

How wonderful, Linda! and you deserve this and so much more! --- The grandma bag is filled with wonderful treasures and to be blessed with such a delightful friend! See what a blesssing you've been to the lives of so many others and may you have many, many more blessings to receive and share! Enjoy your retirement, I'm certain you've earned it! {smiles}

Beth said...

WOW...what a terrific gift. You have always seemed to be a "full time" grandma.... nobody would have ever thought you had a job on top of everything else that you do.
Those grandchildren of yours are so blessed and now that they will have you "full time"....well how lucky are they ????

Jamie said...

That is a truly special gift Linda! I know you will put it to good use:) I am sure the party was wonderful and I KNOW it was well deserved. Thank you for devoting so much of yourself to your students. I have a sneaking suspicion you are a fabulous teacher:) Love, Jamie