Monthly Message from the Work-Life Director
May Greetings from the Director
Happy Mother's Day!
In Remembrance of Teri
Through the recent death of my 40 year old sister-in-law, Teri, I have learned that the smallest gestures of care are sometimes the greatest. So, in her honor, I would like to express my gratitude to you for what you give.
When Teri died, her house was overwhelmed with family, friends, neighbors, and others who expressed their sympathy. It was her smile, her joyful greetings, her daily inquires into their lives, her ability to accept them without judgment that they appreciated.
Teri was very spirited. Every day she would say to her children. “You are the most beautiful girl and boy in the world! I love you!” She telephoned her father every day just to say “Hi!” and her husband twice a day to “check in.” The neighborhood kids stayed at her house so much that I included gifts for them when sending holiday packages. And when I visited, she always insisted that we call up old friends from our past as YMCA camp directors.
Prior to her death, when my family would say to me, “Thank you for making this a special day,” I would shrug them off, saying, “Oh, it was nothing” when really I might have spent a great deal of time shopping, cooking, and cleaning. But after Teri died, I suddenly realized what they meant. They were grateful for my expressions of care, just like I had been thankful for Teri’s. So now I reply, “You’re welcome.”
It doesn’t take much time or money to shout, “I love you!” but it does take effort of heart.
Robynn Pease, Director