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Waiting With A Smile. ...!
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado   


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A mother looks forward to seeing her children after a long day at work.

There is something pure and innocent about seeing the joy and innocence on the face of your very own children, especially after a hard day at work .... somehow, that always seems to put things into a whole new perspective.

I am a school teacher.  I work with children who are physically and mentally challenged.  Sometimes the days can drag on, especially if one of the children happens to be acting up or if I am getting sniped at by the parents because their child is having problems.  It is not an easy job, but someone has to do it, plus I love children.

When I get home from work, there's my son Damien and my daughter Dawnitella, to greet me.  They are both older now (11 and 13), but to me, they're still my babies and will always be.  Both Dawnitella and Damien are great kids: no trouble, easy to get along with, every parents' dream.  Dennis (husband) and myself (DeeDee) are very proud of them both.

Damien and Dawnitella are both responsible, resourceful kids: they know how to prepare dinner and what is expected of them before Den and I return home from our jobs.  (While I work in the public school system with physically and mentally challenged children, Den works as a cop; he usually works the afternoon beat, patrolling the city streets, and keeping us safe.

Ever since they were small, Dawnitella and Dennis have been rather self sufficient, only needing a mimimum amount of supervision.  They both know right from wrong and know what can happen if they don't follow the rules.  Thank God we have never had much of a problem with that.  Our kids are smart, well adjusted, and very agreeable to what we demand of them (and we don't demand that much).

Anyways, whenever I see the kids upon returning home, I just thank God that they are both healthy and not at all like the children I work with. Some of the children will never be on their own and some are so challenged they need help in just about every area of their life.  I don't know what I would do if Damien or Dawnitella were like that; it would just crush my spirit! 

Well, we're getting ready to go to Mass.  I hope you liked reading about us.  Take care and God bless you always!



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