(Rob:) Tessa Jean was back in school, today...sort of. We decided to pop in unannounced for a surprise visit between land therapy and pool therapy this afternoon. She received a very gracious "Welcome Home" from Mrs. Hall and all of her classmates. We arrived right at the end of the day while the kids were all in their seats listening to their lesson. As we rolled into the classroom, there was an audible gasp ("It's Tessa!") from the kids. We ended up totally disrupting the lesson because all of the girls wanted to give her a hug and the boys wanted to marvel at the grossness of the metal pins piercing her skin.
Next week she'll go back to school in the mornings, then do physical therapy in the afternoon.
After aquatherapy we came home for dinner and found the coolest thing in the mail. Tessa Jean received a book full of letters written by the 5th grade class taught by her second cousin (twice removed) Sharon Lahr in Long Beach, CA.
These letters are amazing! Each kid wrote their own personal message of praise and encouragement and added drawings and photos of themselves. Some shared their own experiences with surgery. Here's just one example from a girl named Ronesha:
"Dear Tessa Jean,
It surprises me that a 7 year old girl doesn't cry when she goes in surgery. I cry just by watching a sad movie. To me you are the bravest person I know. Is it fun to travel or do you get tired of going back and forth? Don't be afraid. If you get scared think of your family, your friends, and all your supporters, like me! Do you like ponies? Just think of ponies and soon as you know it the surgery is all over.
I've read the whole collection three times and Tessa just loved it, too.
When you're in second grade, getting props from a bunch of 5th graders is pretty special!
Tessa has never met Sharon, and I haven't seen her since I was 14 years old and she came to visit from California. Sharon was (and is) stunningly beautiful, and I remember my cousin Scott and I both suffering from a tremendous crush on her that summer. Thank you so much, Sharon and all the rest of Room 20, Charles A. Buffum School for your wonderful and encouraging gift!
After reading that cool mail, the only thing we could do was put on some Bruce and rock out!
(Click below, this is pretty good!)
• Daily Movie Quote:
"It's such a fine line between stupid and clever."
---- Yesterday's answer: "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)
(No guesses correct, there were.)
• Daily Obscure Song Lyric
"Hail, hail rock and roll
Deliver me from the days of old
Long live rock and roll
The beat of the drums, loud and bold
Rock, rock, rock and roll
The feelin' is there, body and soul."
-----Yesterday's answer: "Ain't No Mountailn High Enough" (1967) by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
(No correct guesses)