The words spoken were not inspiring in their delivery. The person who ran with them wasn’t me. And, the life changing event belonged to someone else. But I remember it all so very well.
My friend Evonne was a skinny little curly haired moppet. We weren’t best friends, but we were close. We shared a classroom every year from 2nd through 8th grade. High school tumbled us into other peer groups and our friendship was loosely maintained. But then the incident happened during our senior year that changed her life forever.
Mrs. L was very old. Had anyone asked, I would have suggested she was 107. She was Evonne's and my senior advisor. I don’t recall one word the woman spoke to me during counseling. However, I do remember what she said to Evonne.
On one particular day a very distraught and teary-eyed 17-year old left Mrs. L’s office.
Evonne sobbed from behind a soggy tissue to her friends that day. “She might as well have told me I was stupid.”
“She told me ‘You are not college material.’ Can you believe she said that?” Evonne questioned.
Then the still tiny, but spunky frizzy haired young woman made a bold statement.
“I’ll show her!”
…and then she did!
Evonne‘s curly head was nose down in her studies the remainder of that year. Following graduation she found employment and began working her way through college. She finished her 4 years and headed to graduate school. Not very many years later I heard that she was a PHD and a professor at a university in Tennessee.
Negative words don’t always prompt someone to invest in themselves so wisely. Whenever I think of the inspiration and motivation that pushed Evonne, I am also reminded that there are many others who are overwhelmed and discouraged by the carelessness of our words.
My inspirational quote today IS in honor of my old friend Evonne (I know you are out there somewhere. )
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Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21
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