Monday, June 18, 2007

365 days after our 1st class-by Lois Bly

June 18, 2007

Hi Everyone,

Can you believe that it is actually one year since we stared our journey together!! This time last year we were all packing, traveling and sharpening our pencils!! Do you remember the emotions that you experienced that day?

I know I was nervous! I wondered; who were these 20 people that I would be spending 8 weeks with? What do their videos look like? Who are the kids for the practicums? Will I wake up on time? Will I get to class on time? So many questions in my mind!!

Finally June 19 arrived and I got up on time, made it to class on time…. Only to discover that we were in a small room rather than the large room I expected. Oh well, that would be fine for the first week… no problem!! The sisters are always kind and helpful.

….. Where is everyone???? We soon discovered that several of you were wandering around at the hospital. Oh well, we will wait. I remember the first time I tried to find the Provincialate. Yikes, where is it???? I drove all over town.

Ahhhhh but then everyone was found and the class began…. Finally the day had come!!

And what an experience it turned out to be!!!!! Colleen and I could not believe how friendly, kind, nice, enthusiastic, and fantastic each of you were as individuals and as a group. It quickly became evident to us that you were “unique” in a wonderful way!!! And we were very fortunate and blessed to be working with you. Thank you each for being you.

Isn’t it amazing how the children in practicums and the children you treated at home changed. First they changed in a bad way… Oh no, you suddenly could see the problems they had. Where did those problems come from? They weren’t there yesterday. Then they changed in wonderful ways…they really got better!!! And so did your insights and handling skills. Isn’t it an astonishing experience? You can Dance!!!!! The children you work with are now “Dancing with Stars”.

The album you gave me sits on my coffee table for everyone to look at and for me to peruse when I feel lonely. Thank you for the memories!!!!

My hopes and prayers are that you continue to love what you do, continue to love learning and continue to dance with enthusiasm, grace and skill.

I miss each of you and I wish that we had a short refresher course coming up so we could all enjoy being together again. (I guess we have a mini refresher at Hospital for Special Surgery. You know….it is that hospital for “special” people. Those of us who come to the course will soon be part of the “special” group.) And, of course we have a reunion coming up July 28. I hope you each will come!!!
I hope to see you in New York!!
With love and many fond memories,



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