I've had quite the adventure over the past 7 months. My boyfriend, Chris, and I left South Korea in September to embark on a three and a half month trip through Southeast Asia. We covered a lot of ground, meeting many wonderful people and seeing so many beautiful places along the way. We also decided to simultaneously apply to teacher's colleges here in Ontario while we were on the road which proved difficult, but paid off in the end - more on that later. We arrived back home to Toronto in mid-December, met with reunions of friends and family, and of course the holidays that followed soon after. With 2013 New Year's resolutions in tow, I was fortunate enough to be offered an operations maternity leave position in January at an educational tour company, and I'll be working here until mid-July. Since then, I've been adjusting to the daily grind while trying to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle. Between working, going to the gym, cooking, cleaning, and trying to keep up with an avid Toronto social calendar, it's been difficult to stick to the things that I'm passionate about like writing or getting this blog back up on its feet. But today, I received a very important reminder...
"You'll never guess who called for you today," my sister, Brooke, said over the phone to me at work. When she told me it was Dr. Hoffman, my family dentist since I was 6, I was more concerned than anything, since I'm not currently covered and thought that she wanted me to come in for an overdue appointment. As it turned out, Dr. Hoffman called because one of her dear friends just passed away on Sunday. She searched her friend's name online, "Piera Canella", trying to find her obituary. Along with announcements of her friend's death, Dr. Hoffman also came across a Crayons to Commencement post thanking Mrs. Canella from last year. Dr. Hoffman said she had read through the post and it had moved her to tears. She was so thankful that someone like Sam could encapsulate and memorialize such an inspirational person and teacher, and that there is a medium like this that existed to express it.
I remembered today the passion I thought I had lost for this blog - there are so many wonderful teachers out there who make such a difference. Their time with us is short, therefore it is important not only for the teachers themselves to know this, but for their family and friends as well.
As it turns out, I was just accepted to all of the teacher's college programs that I applied to last week, and I will be attending OISE in the fall. I hope to become an inspirational teacher myself, just like Mrs. Canella.
To Piera Canella's family and friends, my sincerest and deepest condolences. Although I never knew Mrs. Canella personally, it is evident that she left a legacy not only with those people whose lives she touched, but with so many more.
"This world is a better place because of her, and a sadder one without her." - Obits for Life
|Piera Redenta Canella|
June 16th, 1949 - April 7th, 2013
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