A friend is a friend is a friend. They show up when you least expect them to. And they always seem to give you support when you need it most. The best friends are often those that start off as strangers,, coworkers or even fellow mamas at Gymboree. When many days are spent along side someone, things tend to shift from platonic to friendly in a quick fashion. This is the case for Amy, who is a former sussy recipient herself (read her story here). Knowing how an act of kindness affected her when she was going through a difficult time, Amy decided to nominate her coworker, Stacey for a sussy. These are the sweet words she had to say about her coworker turned friend,,
Stacey is a member of my English department and up until this school year, I had not had the opportunity to work with her. Stacey and I work very well together and share many ideas about teaching. She is always willing to listen, give advice, or listen to me vent. She has become more of a friend than a colleague and is continuously volunteering to help others in our department and otherwise, even though she is going through a lot herself outside of work. She is the first to offer to help someone in need regardless of what she is juggling at home. Without her support this school year, I honestly would be beside myself. I count myself lucky to call her a friend and a colleague. I admire and respect her for her selflessness in helping our department and being a friend. It is time she be recognized for her hard work, dedication, and friendship, even if it’s just from a caring friend like me.
When we reached out to Stacey, she responded in the exact way we hope from our nominees.
I just received this email, and I cannot stop smiling. Amy Conrad is one of my dearest friends, colleagues, and mentors, and it brought me to (good) tears that she took the time to do this. I too looked at your website and am so very awed by the wonderful sparks of human kindness and connections you make for others. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of learning about your wonderful work and of the thoughtfulness of my dear friend Amy. We are both teachers — kindred spirits of sorts– who believe in making a positive impact upon youth in our society. It has been a challenging year for me personally — beginning a divorce process from an unhealthy marriage, recovering from a previous bout with cervical cancer, and trying to be the best mom possible to three beautiful children. I feel blessed in so many ways, despite the challenges. The smiles that you and Amy shared with me inspire me to pass it on to others!
The kindness doesn’t end there. Right after we received Stacey’s nomination, we also received a sponsor request (if you are curious about our sussy sponsor program, read here). Back in November, we sussied a very special couple, Steve and Debbie, who were going through an incredibly difficult time. If you haven’t done so, please read their story and check out their blog to get some backstory (http://laswells.blogspot.com). The sponsor email we received was from Becky, a close friend of the Laswells, who sadly informed us that Steve had lost his hard and well-fought battle with pancreatic cancer just the week prior, one month after welcoming his new son Oz into the world. The news left us at TSP completely heartbroken and we send our most sincere condolences to the Laswell family,, Debbie, Poppy & Oz.
Graciously, Becky wanted to sponsor the next sussy in honor/ memory of Steve Laswell, sussy recipient + proud husband/ father. So, in TSP fashion, we sent some very special flowers to Stacey with Steve’s legacy proudly attached.
Friends. Flowers. Fragile lives. Full circle sussy experiences. Nominate someone deserving of kindness today.