The “You Are Special Today” plate

March 10, 2011

Some time ago–YEARS ago, when our daughters (now 24 & 22) were quite young and small, we either bought or were given this fire engine red plate that has YOU ARE SPECIAL TODAY written around the edge. It was pulled out whenever someone moved from Middle School to High School, got a great report card, scored (or blocked) a goal in soccer, won some award, or whatever. Even Mom and Dad have been honored with it’s use from time to time.
Last week it got double duty. First Kathryn, who has just finished a dgree in Early Childhood Development, got an interview and landed a job. Let me tell you, that work in a Day Care for special needs kids (autism, cerebral palsy, down’s syndrome, etc) guarantees one (that’s Kathryn) a special place in the Kingdom of God.
Then Anne got word that she had not only passed the Foreign Service Exam (on her first try), but–as her text to me said, “Holy Moly, my scores were stellar!” What she will do as that process moves forward remains to be seen, but the fact remains that we pulled the plate out a lot last week.
If you don’t have one, you need one. Go get it. Use it for your children (even if or when they are adults), for your grandchildren, heck, even for your spouse. Make someone feel special today.
They deserve it.
And for the record, SO DO YOU!

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