Bittersweet end-of-year venting pt. 2

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 06-07-2013 10:11 AM 1465 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So Yesterday I posted a blog about the feelings that I have at the end of the year, in particular about this end of year. Yesterday morning, however, two things happened that put me in check. Since I actually felt better after venting yesterday morning, I’m gonna try it again this morning as therapy.

First thing, the student who won the woodworking award and scholarship came up to say “thanks.” While he was there, he told me that if it weren’t for me, he probably wouldn’t have graduated high school. Sometimes kids will say that just to say it, but I felt this overwhelming responsibility come over me, because in this case I kind of felt like it was true.

The other thing that happened came from a phone call from my best friend Schmitty. His dad has had cancer for about two years now, and just this week he went on hospice. his phone call was to tell me that his dad finally lost the battle he with cancer, but now was at peace. Bob (his dad) was such a good man. He taught me how to hunt, and helped me on multiple woodworking projects including the stand for my bear mount and the tables I made for my living room. More importantly, he taught us how to be good men. Decent men. He was the guy who was a friend to everyone he met, and took care of his family and friends like no other. He taught us that money will come and go but friendships will last forever. I will always remember the things he did for our group of friends and he will be dearly missed.

So that put my perspective in check also. Schmitty just had a son in early April. I made a keepsake box for his son that I want to give him, but I’m not sure if now is the right time. I was hoping to give it to him on his birthday which will be Monday, but now we are having the memorial service and wake for his dad on Monday. I think I’ll give it to him tonight.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 06-07-2013 04:26 PM


Many times in our lives we have needed the kind words of encouragement from someone who took the time to notice and to lift us up.

Most of the students today have parents who are caring and nurturing but those who aren’t so fortunate need mentors, teachers or role models to look up to, someone to praise their accomplishments and help them to understand that they are worthy of their efforts to succeed, to flourish, to prosper and become more than another disposable child that fell through the cracks of their childhood.

I believe that by the student’s own addmission, he credits your contributions to his welfare as the triumph which lead to him Graduating High School.

Yes, he may be the student who won the woodworking award and scholarship, but you are the Champion of his efforts.

Allow me to say Thank You for making a difference, for ‘Paying it Forward’ with your kindness and dedication to making a real difference.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 06-08-2013 01:09 AM

Tooch, Ya done good by that young man. He will never forget you and the attention you showed him.

Sorry for the loss of your friend’s dad. Maybe the box for his son will help.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#3 posted 06-08-2013 01:39 AM

I read the first installment. I wanted to chime in, but didn’t think it was my place.

I found it most fitting that the best student/project got the award. It’s always right to give merit awards to the most meritorious. I also thought, but really had no way of knowing, that this award, might be the greatest achievement in this young man’s life to date.

He has enough against him. Even if money is squandered, or tools aren’t utilized to the fullest, our young friend will have the real award with him always… The reward of a job well done. He persevered. It was recognized by others.

There is great value here. Life is messy, but this is one of the good moments for him. We all want more good moments.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#4 posted 06-08-2013 05:26 AM

thanks for the nice words guys, it is nice to know that other people can relate to what’s going on.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#5 posted 06-19-2017 01:28 PM

Students’ gratefulness happens rarely these days (just as a website with interesting blog) and you totally deserve it. Somehow we teach kids so much technical details and forget to teach them to say “Thank you” or “Sorry”.

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