In American Sign Language Pah! means "finally" or "success at last!"
Over the years many of my friends have come in to teach lessons (thanks Ed, Jason, Ashley, Gregg, Sydney & Denise), accompany us on trips (gratitude to Joy & Kimy) or read a book.
I am definitely of the opinion that it takes a village. Bringing in experts to share their knowledge always seemed like a good idea to me and it adds excitement to the routine school day.
Especially if the visitor brings delicious cupcakes!
Maria came in the afternoon and joined us for our math lesson before beginning her read aloud of Who Will Help Santa this Year? by Jerry Pallotta.
An unexpected outcome of her visit was that she now says she would love to become a teacher. I don't think she will actually pursue it but the fact that the thought even entered her mind speaks to how impressed she was with our students.
I remember when I was working with Maria many years ago I went to visit Lexington School for the Deaf and left there more than ever determined to spend my days teaching. It was a dream that came true for me. Once again I feel how blessed I am to wake up every day to do something that speaks to my heart and soul. What a gift! And what a gift I have in her friendship. Thanks Maria!