December 15th, 2007

Sheri - fingerspelling

An update to the terrifying public speaking thing below...

First of all, I wanted to thank all of you for your good thoughts and encouraging words in my last post. :)

I showed up in Kauai with BIG boss' script in hand, with knots in my stomach, ready to give it my best shot. When I walked through the doors of the branch, I nearly fainted when I caught sight of BIG boss standing there! He actually showed up to speak! I was SOOOO thankful that I almost hugged him when I saw him!

Even though I didn't have to do the speech, I most likely will have to do it for him in early January - which I don't mind too much because it at least gives me a little time to prepare. :) Thank you all for your words of encouragement and good thoughts - and for anyone out there who had "please don't let Sheri have to speak" thoughts out there for me - an EXTRA big thank you goes out to you - because it worked! :)

I still needed to stay overnight in Kauai since I wasn't able to make the last flight home, but I was thankful that I didn't have to speak on such sort notice!! :)

Deaf Santa

On a completely different note, last week I also took part in Deaf Santa at our local mall - which is an annual program set up for deaf students on the island. Deaf children from all over the island come to the mall and participate and watch programs performed in ASL, eat a lunch provided by the students of KCC, and, of course have their one on one time and have their picture taken with a signing Santa. :)

I helped to give the children who just saw Santa goodie bags. It was so much fun... I'm so glad that I went. :) After giving them the bags, I'd ask them all what they got and they were all so adorable and it was so nice to be able to interact with them. :)

When I left and went back to work, I was immediately approached by my co-worker asking me to call my reps for their projected budget numbers for the month because BIG boss wants to hit his goal for year end... I just thought, at that moment, how everything I do in my job (as thankful as I am for it) seems rather unimportant.

Whether we make our numbers or not, whether the program hits budget or not seemed relatively unimportant compared to the little girl whose face lit up when she found out I could sign and who hugged me good-bye when she left. Don't get me wrong, I know I have a wonderful job and I'm extremely thankful for it, but it was at that moment that I suddenly realized how unimportant my job is in the grand scheme of things...

In any case, thank you all so much again for your positive thoughts the other day - even though I didn't have to speak, your encouraging words helped a lot to calm me down in those hours when I really did think I had to! Big HUGS to you all!!
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