Thank You

by Beth Gulley

A few days after Mother’s Day, I got a card in the mail. It was a thank you note from my mom for the steak dinner we made her on Mother’s Day. It occurred to me that my mom and my friend Amanda are good at writing thank you notes to people, but I need to work on it. I tend to assume people know I am grateful, or that just saying “thank you” will be enough. Yet, often a written thank you would express my thanks better, so I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few people.

First, I would like to thank Elizabeth Trigg and the Osawatomie Library staff. Last week I brought my son Asher in to sign up for the summer reading program. The staff both upstairs and downstairs greeted us with a smile. Downstairs a knowledgeable volunteer explained how the free pool pass worked, how to earn points by reading pages, and what the Zombie Apocalypse and the Silent Library would entail. My son left excited to spend his summer reading, and I left excited that the library had invested so much energy and creativity into their summer reading program. Thanks for your enthusiasm Osawatomie Library.

Next I would like to thank Brandon True, the Writing Center tutor who worked in my classroom this year. Not only did he do a great job as a tutor, but he also wrote out a list of software and books my sons would need if they wanted to write their own video games. I took the list home, and my boys downloaded Game maker. Now both of my sons have built video games that are so hard they can’t beat them. They are inspired, and I am grateful to Brandon for giving them good advice.

I also need to thank Jeff and Jeremy Gulley for allowing me to write a column. I enjoy the opportunity to share my thoughts with readers every week. I am proud to tell my students they can read my column in the Osawatomie Journal. Thanks, Journal staff, for the weekly opportunity to express my point of view.

On a lighter note, I would like to thank Casey’s for making the best coffee in America and for selling ethanol fuel. And maybe I should thank my car for holding up after all these years.

Also I would like to thank my friends at the Y for encouraging me when I work out, and my friends Tony and Sheri for making tasty food and putting up with me. I always need to thank my friend Amanda and my pastor Jay for their love and support.

I can’t forget to thank my boss, a former Osawatomie High School teacher, Andy Anderson, for encouraging me to be the kind of teacher who cares about her students and about her teaching regardless of what sort of class she has.

Finally, but not lastly, I would like to thank my husband Jeremy and my children Israel and Asher for transforming our family into a team that verses the world together. And thanks mom, for reminding me that a written thank you means more than a phone call.


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