We asked members of the Marywood community to share their messages of thanks during the month of November. These are their responses.
At the age of 60+, I faced the challenge of finding a new dream; after all, living through a few decades, I saw the completion of many of my goals and accomplishments. Finding a dream seemed so much easier when I was 20 ro 30 or even 50. But now, how could I keep my spirit 20? My enthusiasm youthful? But most importantly, how could I keep my zest for life alive? Then I received a phone call from Nancy Hemmler who wondered if I would be interested in teaching in Marywood's IE program. My heart screamed "Say no," but my mouth betrayed me, and I heard my voice saying "Yes." I told Nancy I had never embarked on such an adventure and that I was just a tad afraid. As children might say, I was "ascared." She assured me that I would love it. And she was right. I do love it. I love the opportunities I have had that allowed me to encounter so many different cultures and languages and wonderful students. So, I thank Nancy for dropping a dream in my heart, but most importantly, I thank her and Marywood for developing a program that attests to Marywood's mission and vision. So, thank you, Nancy Hemmler for taking a leap of faith and welcoming me to a program that I have grown to love! Thank you for the blessing that allows me to continue to be a teacher!
-- Dale Giuliani