Marianne

January 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Tonight, I am introducing you to a bright light; a life that sings with warmth, care, and welcome. This woman of town gives her life to the little lives. This story is always looking to the story of others.

 

Meet Marianne.

When I first met Marianne, I didn’t really meet her. I was chasing a three year old who was making every effort to exit the building and I barely managed an almost-introduction before hauling his toddler tush’ in for the first day of preschool. Years and kiddos passed and, in a moment there and a glimpse there, I finally saw her.

One day, when my current preschooler was introducing his over-stuffed four foot tall teddy bear to the classroom, I asked Marianne, the teacher and ‘master of the house’ if she would chat through the four questions. Without missing a beat on her class prep’, she cheerfully participated. I was all the better for it.

The first question {What beauty do you see in your life?}  was answered in the rhythm of her life and work and days. “The beauty that I see in children. And… the beauty children bring to all of life!” (It’s helpful to note that Marianne not only guides toddlers through the workday, but also nurtures her own large and unique family). It is valuable to me, an often-frazzled mama of three, to hear such appreciation of these teeny lives. Marianne isn’t just getting through her job. She’s giving through her job, and then heading back home to continue in the same rhythm.

She cut and glued, I shot some images, and we moved to the next question {How do you think people see you?} “Friendly?” She responded. “Well, you hope people see you as friendly. And comfortable. And approachable!” I had to laugh. Given that she’s constantly interacting with humans in their most, er, expressive years, and working with sleep-deprived parents before 9:00am, I am quite certain most in Town find her friendly, comfortable, and approachable!

I browsed through the classroom (preschool has come a long way in the past decades!), confirmed that my kid hadn’t escaped out the front door, and settled in for the next one {What is your role in your story?} “Hmm…My role is to be an encouragement and blessing to others. I have a really large family! I want to give to them so that they can carry it on in their own lives.”

 

Finally, the last question {"What is your byline? That one statement that sums up the story of you?". This one always proves tricky and I encourage all Spero readers to think of it themselves. It changes through the seasons and cannot be fully accepted or released if it’s not known. Marianne pondered and thought and tried to convince me to say it for her (I never give in to that one ;)) and finally concluded, “Finding joy and laughter in perseverance.”

 

 


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