If Amanda has any way to see the impact she was making down here in the world beyond, she would be just smiling or laughing at us for running around like chickens. I looked at the back of the card that was made for the Legacy Foundation in her name. It says that Amanda wanted to help kids and that is exactly what she is doing right now. (OK .. so her mother does help a bit.) I can honestly say things are happening all across Canada. I cannot believe the connections that are being made. Social networking is definitely happening between people. If for a reason, I have met certain people in the past 10 weeks, it is with good cause. I have been able to link up persons to persons for different reasons. Some of it is related to the work surrounding the legacy Amanda left behind. Other reasons are people related. Somehow, I managed to introduce two wonderful people that didn’t even know each other 48 hours ago. Now they will be sharing Christmas day together and bringing their families together. Those are the ‘warm fuzzies’ that I am talking about. One day (with their permission), I might be able to tell their story. All stories are good and I do believe that we are here to learn from each other. The number of families who have reached out and connected over the past 2 weeks is amazing. My friends look at me and go ‘really Carol’, you need to step away from this. However, as I do have my sad moments, like I did tonight for awhile, I still want to help others. Amanda would have wanted this too. I can honestly say that because I am her mom. I won’t step back because I am a natural born teacher. My kids have always known that since the times when they were colouring, cutting out and trying new teaching lessons for me. For those that didn’t know it, my Twitter info says that I am an educator of Assistive Technologies. You might say what is that. I work with special needs students and those with other learning challenges to help them read and write in an easier way. Prior to that (2 years ago), I have been a Special Needs teacher for 26 years. So I know about exceptions. I know about patience. I know about understanding. I know about the fears in parents when their child steps foot into school for the very first time. The parents that I have had over the past 28 years have been wonderful. At Amanda’s memorial service, some parents came up to me and said hello. (For two years, I taught regular classes.) These parents had a daughter that was now 27 years old. I taught their daughter when she was 8 years old. Wow… they never forgot me as I had been invited and attended her grade seven graduation even though I was no longer teaching in the same school district. Last summer, I also got a phone call from a parent of a child that was now in his 30’s. They have never forgotten me either. I will never forget them. I will never forget Amanda. It is hoped that the world won’t forget Amanda Todd and what she reminds us of. Be Strong. Be kinder. Help others. Don’t bully others. Learn from our mistakes. Forgive. Have fun. Follow your dreams. Be Someone and Care. Those are all words to live by. These are life lessons that must be instilled into our children from an early age. Then subsequently, there will be the shift in thinking. Tonight in my city, there is a child who has hesitations about the events of yesterday and today. With support and love, that child is more confident to go to school tomorrow. May the angels follow him and keep him safe.
We all need to love and support those around us. Life is precious. Life is short. I was blessed with Amanda for almost 16 years. I am now blessed to have others around me including Amanda’s friends and also the new friends I have made in the past 10 weeks. I know that sometimes I sound like a skipping record (for those of us old enough to remember those days) but it’s all good.
** I will be trying to post some older rants that were on my Facebook starting back in October when I first started writing. So if you read something that is familiar, your are right, it was there before. But I think sometimes, it might be good to read some of my past writing as they were very raw and emotional back then. Once again, I have never gone back to read anything.
To all those who are on the east coast with their cups of coffee, good morning. To those on the west coast, good night!!!
Good night and love to all and myPrincess Snowflake (my son is still awake)…