To say it delicately, I haven't had the best Monday. I won't bore you with the details, but it makes what comes next even more special...
I left to pick up Surf, my large black lab who you've probably met if you've been to our store. He also graces the presence of our Dirty Dog Organics labels. Surf always makes me smile, so I went home for lunch to bring the happy lab back to the shop. When I arrived back, there was a postcard from Bulgaria on my desk.
Bulgaria?? Here's what it said:
Hello, this is April D. I helped out in your class at El Camino Elementary and I asked you to write me a recommendation for the Peace Corps and you did, thank you so much for doing that! I've been serving since May of last year here in Bulgaria. I can't thank you enough! I found your company's website and will send this to your work address. Looks like your company is doing great! That is so awesome. Best of luck! You've helped me pursue my dream and It's awesome to see you are doing well with yours!
"hello" is "drasti" "how are you is "kakcee"
April only worked with me for a few months in 2008. I was in my last year of transitioning to working full time for Grapeseed Co. and building enough of a salary base so that I could make the leap (and my house payments, since we decided to make the big plunge into home ownership in Santa Barbara the very same year). It was a stressful time to say the least. I was also in a job share and only teaching 2 days a week, so my time with April's help in my combo 3/4th grade class was even more limited. Even though she only came in while I was there a few times, I will never forget her smile and the help she provided! The kids loved her. She was a fabulous America Reads tutor in my combo class, where I had multiple English as a second language students and kids still struggling to learn to read. I will never forget April, and am so glad that I've had a small positive impact in her life.
Thank you so much for making my day April! Your postcard is the first thing going up on our huge cork board wall we're working on finishing up at the store :)
Who's day can you make today?