Thank you to all the people in my life outside the DOC, who don't have diabetes, who wore blue yesterday. Or on one of the Blue Fridays. It means more to me than words can say. Every time I got a Facebook notification that a person without diabetes (PWoD) was wearing blue for me, it made me want to cry. To my friends and family members who supported me in that way, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.
I somehow mustered the courage to send the Blue Fridays video to my coworkers and the parents of my students last week. Their response was overwhelmingly positive! Which makes me wonder why I was so nervous to send it in the first place..
Friday afternoon, I got a phone call from a parent. He called to say that they loved the video, and wanted to do something to support me. So they bought blue beads and sent them along so my class could all make blue jewelry that afternoon.
Wow. I managed to eek out a thank you while holding back tears. When I hung up the phone, I just sat there trying not to cry. Such a small act, but it meant so much to me.
That afternoon, blue beads were brought forth from a backpack. I hugged the student, and the student said, "Miss Jessica, there were a lot of kids at school wearing blue today for Diabetes Awareness Month, but they didn't know it! So I told them!"
Again, cue me trying not to cry.
Blue jewelry was made, by the girls anyway. Here's my creation, which I plan on wearing every day for the rest of the month.
Oh, and yesterday, another student came up and said, "Look, Miss Jessica, I remembered my blue necklace for World Diabetes Day!"
Excuse me while I go cry again...