Wednesday, June 3, 2009

A Woman of Motivation and Inspiration

I met her my sophomore year of high school and since then she has played a significant role in my life, her name is Jennie Carey. Jennie was my 10th grade English teacher and has now become one of the most important people in my life.

The one thing Jennie taught me was to always believe in myself; in high school I doubted myself a lot but she was always by my side pushing me to my full potential. There are only three women who have had a momentous influence on my life and she is among one of them. Jennie has been my support system since day one, she has evolved from a teacher to a mentor/motherly figure and never has she once let me down. From helping me with my college essays to giving me advice about boys, friends and life, I know I can always count on her. Although she has a very hectic schedule she seems to make time to help her students in some way, shape or form. From sending me cards to keep my spirits up to baking me cookies/brownies and sending them to me at school, Jennie always keeps her students in mind. Words can't even describe how thankful and blessed I am to have her in my life. I have her to thank for helping me become who I am today.


To My Wonderful Surrogate Mother,

A year and a half has passed by so fast and now you are graduating. I just want you to know how proud I am of you! I am sitting here writing this blog post reminiscing about all the times I spent in your class room--before, during and after school. From crying about problems to laughing at random things with Nicole, your classroom was my home at school filled with priceless memories.

But the one moment I will never forget is graduation day. The music was playing as I walked into Constitution Hall and I remember you having the biggest smile on your face. After the ceremony ended I remember running up and showing you that I was wearing the "believe" necklace you gave me. You were so proud of me that day but in retrospect you should be proud of yourself because without you I would not be who I am today. I wish I could be there for your graduation but I can't, so instead I am dedicating this blog post to you.

Time flies by so fast, it seems like it was just yesterday that I was sitting in class reading the Lord of the Flies, working on my Holocaust project and reciting my poem for our poetry slam. I'm trying not to cry as I write this because... Not many kids have the foundation for a successful future, however I am blessed to have you as my back bone along with my mom and Mrs. Bayati. You were always there for me when I needed help and you believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. You've touched so many students and I know I'm not the only one that is thankful to have someone like you in their life.

I found this quote and I thought it was perfect for you, except the original quote said "he" so I changed it to "she."

"A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops"

-Henry Brooks Adams

CONGRATULATIONS! And just know that I will always believe in you as you have in me.


Surrogate Daughter