Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mrs Mary Selin

This week marks the one year anniversary of Mrs Mary Selin. One of the most important people that has been a part of Eliza's life. She was her teacher 2nd grade - 5th grade & then this week of 5th grade last year she past away due to cancer. I will never forget the phone call home Eliza made & hearing her crying on the line. I ran to the car to get to the school as fast as I could. She just wanted to be held. It was so quick & sudden for her & she was very caught off gaurd. I knew that Mary was sick but felt that Eliza was better not knowing because cancer to her means death ever since my brother died. Mary was still teaching full time & led us on to believe that she wasn't as sick as she was so we didn't tell her. IT WAS ROUGH! It was that same day she had her 3rd call back for "Taylor" in HSM on stage & she said she couldn't do it. I told her that Mrs Selin would want her to. It was her best audition. She now dedicates all her shows to her. We celebrated her birthday this past spring & talk about her to keep her memory alive. She brought so much joy in learning to Eliza's life that school became a place to go & explore not to go & work. They would go outside & find their own areas & sit & write in their journals about the world around them out in the fresh air. She wasn't a text book teacher. She was a teacher who got in their with the kids & got her hands dirty & worked right there with them. Her love & passion for learning was so powerful. Taylor & McKay both cried as they were told of her passing. They were so excited to have her as a teacher. She is a woman that I pray Eliza will always remember & cherish. That she will carry those memories in her heart forever. We will always love & cherish you Mrs Selin.
1 2 3 Zwoosh!!!!!!!!!

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raybee said...

Really nice tribute, Leah!

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Anonymous said...

she is my grandma, and she would always tell me about Eliza and how great she was. she would be so proud of her. (:
-Dominique