Theresa and I drove to Cleveland, TN to meet with Marquita in order to share the "dream" of Reach Them to Teach Them. The first question I asked Marquita was, "Do you see a need for the teachers and coaches in Hamilton Co. to be encouraged and reminded of the power of their influence? Are there teachers in the classroom who have lost sight of the privilege we've been given to impact the lives of young people?" I knew her answer before she said a word. Literally, tears pooled in her eyes.
How have we gotten so far off track?
We spent about an hour and half dreaming and sharing vision together. We see a world where... every child has the opportunity to reach his/her maximum potential! If only!
Marquita plans to attend our strategic planning meeting on January 19th. In the meantime, I'm praying that she will have many opportunities to cast vision and share the dream with the yet to be formed "Hamilton County Dream Team '09!"
With three years of success under our belt, it's time to reach out to other cities in the southeast U.S.
Tom and the little kids went to Atlanta for a Hanukah party at Tina's house. I opted to say home with Chelcie and Drew. As it turned out, I made a good decision. Chelcie, Drew and I went up to Grandmom's and Papaw's house and we all played board games together. For the first time in my life, my dad played too!
We shared some lasagnae and some laughs. As we enjoyed time together, it occurred to me that someday, I'd look back and think of this evening as "the good ol' days!"
I have been blessed with wonderful children. May I never, ever take them granted.