My Featured Blogger this week is K.L. (Karla) Hale of Flannel with Faith. If anyone exemplifies the fact that bloggers can be more than just “blogging friends,” it’s Karla. Over the years I’ve followed her, I’ve come to value her not only as a gifted communicator, but as a dear friend, one with a heart full of compassion. Read this post, and then read the comments about it at her blog site, and you’ll see why the word love is used so much. More than that, I’m guessing you’ll feel the same.
“How am I going to explain this diagnostic summary to this parent?” I asked myself. Twenty-two years of life is all I had under my belt. Teaching, and motherhood, were new. My heart answered: “Be kind. State the facts. Tell this mom that a test does not define her child. Speak with love and compassion. Share the gifts and talents this young boy possesses.” My prayer at that age is the same prayer I speak aloud today. “God, give me the right words.”
Sometimes my words can’t clearly express my heart. To my advantage, I knew a world before cell phones and devices. I’m so blessed to have grown up in the seventies and eighties. Speaking with courtesy and having good manners seemed to be a reasonable standard. The heart is even more powerful than words. The lack of words, too many words, the wrong words…they don’t always represent…
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