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Don’t wait to show love, appreciation

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From page OSF2 | June 12, 2014 |

Have you ever wanted to tell other folks about some of the truly exceptional people you have known? I have.

I have hesitated because I don’t want to embarrass them, or because I might miss someone.

Well, something happened to make me think that it is better to tell people rather than wait until it is too late for them to know how much you respect them, how much you admire what they have accomplished. For some, it is already too late.

I am writing this on the anniversary of D-Day, which was June 6, 1944. I can’t tell most of the men and women who fought to protect our freedoms, “Thank you and I love you for what you have done.”

But I can tell the rest of the world how I feel, and I am doing so now. To the men and women who fought to protect our freedoms, “Thank you and I love you for what you have done.”

The event that triggered the decision to write this piece was the passing of Stacie Lynn Roe. She was only 45, but she had been helping others succeed in life at her Children’s Garden pre-kindergarten program in Vacaville for more than 20 years. She began by teaching her own children. Almost every child who passed her way became self-confident and a reader – equipped with the skills to succeed in life. She changed lives.

Then there is Cheryl Stumbaugh. Like Stacie, she began to teach young children how to succeed when she taught her own more than 40 years ago. Cheryl is a wonder. She has an incredible understanding of how children learn. She not only teaches children, but parents as well. She teaches them how to be good and successful parents with successful families.

I could probably list another half a dozen preschool directors who deserve recognition. They change lives. I will tell them personally.

People who know me or read what I write will understand that I am writing from the perspective of my own interest (or prejudices). I am a part-time amateur educator. I am a full-time avid patriot. It’s all faith-based.

I can’t list all of the folks who I should recognize, but I will find a way to tell them how I feel. Some folks who I feel especially close to are what I call givers – giving of themselves to good causes and to what is right. Dear friend John Takeuchi is a fellow patriot and protector of or rights and pocketbooks. Bob Stow is someone who plays music for those who need it most. He spreads the faith and is a constant worker for good. George Rogers Clark, my Ohio buddy, is donating his life to God and country.

Then there are those folks who have adopted me and support the work I am trying to do. I will be telling them again, “Thank you. I love you,” as we share a hug.

There is a message here for all of us. Life is, at best, short. Its ending is frequently unpredictable. Just don’t wait to say “I love what you are doing. You are terrific.”

Aren’t there some folks in your life who deserve to have your loving, “Thanks?”

Murray Bass can be reached at 427-0744 or mzb60@comcast.net.

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  • vickie seelyAugust 27, 2014 - 5:31 pm

    Hello MUrray....I will take this moment to Thank You...for all the tireless work you do for the children!! I am amazed at all the time you give to your passion of children reading and enjoying it....For you opening up your home and family to me!!! You are ONE AMAZING MAN!!!!!!!! Love you much!!!!!!!

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  • Rick WoodAugust 28, 2014 - 12:14 am

    Nice thought, Murray. And we mustn't forget the random acts of kindness that enrich our lives, given or received.

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