What Matters Most to You?
These 3 words have been swirling in my head lately "What. Matters. Most." I think about it a lot. I think about "What Matters Most" to me, to my family, to friends and relatives. I even think about it with my pets. Pets are such a big part of our family.
I just got a card from my 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Baird. I reconnected through letters with Mrs. Baird about 10 years ago, when she was 84. Today she is a spry 94 years young. I saw her in person last summer. It was wonderful to reconnect with her as we chatted over a nice Tex-Mex meal (we were in El Paso, Texas) last summer.
Why do I bring up Mrs. Baird and memories of being in her first grade class? Because when I think about "What Matters Most" - it was when I was in first grade that I remember the things I truly loved. I had an inkling about what I wanted to be when I grew up. When I look back at who I was when I was six years old, I knew nothing BUT how to be myself. I was a genuine six year old little girl and life and social interactions hadn't tainted my core. That all happened in middle school and high school. Then you rediscover it again in college if you're lucky - or perhaps you never lost it if you're wise.
I also think about "What Matters Most" because Mrs. Baird has 94 years to look back on. She can truly tell me what matters most. It is being loved. It is having genuine friendships. It is having a career that you love. It is being the best wife and friend you can be.
I love this photo of her hands - those hands patted the heads of many students and scribed lots of lessons on the chalk board.
The other day when I called she told me - "Don't get old," and "I'm getting so forgetful, I forgot to eat lunch yesterday." And then we laugh because she is 94 years old after all. She'll always say "I can't complain, I've had a good life." Her "children" visit her often. The neighbors in her retirement home are envious of all the visitors she gets. They visit her more than the real children of some of the neighbors at the retirement home.
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