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Dear Lauren

Posted April 27, 2007

Please share a story of parental pride. Perhaps your son hit a home run to win the little league game last night. Or maybe your daughter started a fund raising campaign to feed the hungry. I will start with a letter to my daughter. I know she'll receive it. She reads this blog every day.

Dear Lauren,

You knew it in the 5th grade. That lightbulb went off. You knew you wanted to be a teacher. You kindled that dream through middle and high school. You fanned the flames for the past four years in college at Boone. You worked very hard and made great grades. Now you're ready to take the big step.

Words cannot capture the pride and joy I feel right now. This week you completed your student teaching at Dillard Drive Elementary. Your students absolutely adored you. Their tears flowed this week when they learned you were leaving. Your tears came down too. You loved each one of them. You listened to their dreams. You built them up. You taught them with passion. You made learning fun. They will never forget you.

Others took notice of your style, grasp and gusto for teaching. You have several job offers now. You're struggling with your decision. There are things about each school that you love. I like the advice of one of your favorite mentors: listen to your heart.

Lauren, your heart is full of love for teaching. I can't think of a more noble profession. I can't think of a more wonderful daughter.

Love,

Dad

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  • jetset Apr 29, 2007

    How sweet. I am sure she will be a great and loving teacher. She must have it in her genes!!! I just wish more parents would take the time to nuture their children and tell them from a young age how important they are. The parents need to encourage them from an early age too. I work in a school setting and I see so many parents who don't accept that responsiblity. And guess what....most of these children are the ones who give trouble while at school.

  • armada08 Apr 28, 2007

    Congratulations, Lauren, on your graduation from college and your successful completion of student teaching! I am a friend from work(hint, I love your dad's music)! Hope to see you soon.

  • tennispro Apr 27, 2007

    I meant by how the time has flown by!!! sorry, Twyla

  • tennispro Apr 27, 2007

    Bill,
    That is so sweet!! After teaching 31 years I know how proud you are of her and I know she will be a great teacher. My daughter, Sarah will be graduating next year from UNCW and I will be happy but biy how the time has flown by!! Twyla Southerland Henderson , NC

  • mommie Apr 27, 2007

    Oh my goodness, you've just made me cry! My son is graduating from NC State and will soon be teaching Math in middle school. He has a passion for teaching and truly loved his students when he was student teaching, too!

  • randdferguson Apr 27, 2007

    Lauren sounds like a fine young woman. Obviously, she came from great stock. What a testament of a fathers love for his child.

  • davery8 Apr 27, 2007

    I almost feel as if I wrote that letter. I am truly blessed, as my daughter chose to follow in my footsteps to teach. After attending my same college (Meredith College), and choosing my same major (math), she teaches alongside me each day at my high school. How proud I am to see her grow as both an adult and an educator.

  • pirate lady Apr 27, 2007

    I bet your daughter is every bit as proud of her daddy as you are of her. What a beautiful letter. Lesson to all fathers...instead of handing your daughter your credit card write her a letter and tell her how much you love her. Maybe there would be fewer messed up adult women if they knew as little girls that daddy is proud of them.

  • LaLa-Land Apr 27, 2007

    This is a beautiful letter. You could "give lessons" on being a father, but I know it comes from your heart and it would be impossible for others to grasp. Every daughter should be so blessed to have a father as supportive as you.

  • Lion-Heart Apr 27, 2007

    As my wife and I approach the twilight of our years, our daughter and son have long been married and we are now proud grandparents. Both our children have succeeded so far in life and made us very proud of their accomplishments as parents and in their chosen professions. Our greatest joy now is being with our grandchildren. They keep us active and filled with life every moment we are with them. Between baseball, basketball, swimming and soccer, there seems to never be a dull moment. Just being called Grandpa or Grandma always brings a smile to our faces and happiness to our hearts. Spoil them.....never! Love them and being proud of them.....forever! By the way, anyone seen my bike? Got a race scheduled with grandson. He thinks he
    can take the old man.....in his dreams!

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