As I grew older I began volunteering in our community’s library as an aide. I spent most of my time re-shelving books, fixing the bindings and organizing the card catalogs. My favorite times were the ones I spent helping our Children’s Librarian, Bonnie. She was so much fun to be around and made working in the library even more enjoyable. She challenged me with new tasks and helped me develop goals and held me accountable to them. With her, my appreciation for books and the ability to read continued to blossom as I began to explore my ideas of helping children, this grew into assisting her in Saturday morning story times and then expanded into starting my own story time with some older kiddos in the afternoon.
Before leaving home for college I met a phenomenal woman, Angela. She was a youth leader in my church. It was her who I could confide in with all of my teenage highs and lows. It was her who I could turn to for godly wisdom as a young woman looking to adventure out beyond my small little world that I grew up in. It was her that I learned how to develop and strengthen my Christian morals.
Looking back I am so grateful for these incredible women that came into my life and assisted me into becoming the woman I am today. I am saddened that the three of them are no longer in my life due to death and loss of contact (I bet I could find Angela on Facebook), but what they taught me is instilled within me forever.
Until next time – a latte of blessings & sparkles,