Dear Daddy, I know it is time for you to go. You are truly missed and it’s time to say goodbye. I want to thank you for your part in making me who I am. I was able to see what a man should be by watching you. A few times I’d eavesdrop on some of the conversations you would have with the people who sat in your chair and talked to you while you cut their hair and learned that a man should be passionate about something. I saw a man who was always there and always worked to keep us taken care of and I learned stability. I saw a man who was revered and respected by people all over the city and felt protected and safe. I saw a man who had a vision for something and went out and did it. I saw a man that said education was important so, I keep going and keep learning and keep growing. I thank you daddy, because of you; I am me. I have the memories of you that will keep me going and I will cherish them in my heart forever.
Good bye daddy, I love you, your service here is done.
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Pearl Garden, Ed.D has completed her dissertation research involving understanding the vocabulary instruction practices of early grade teachers. She has a passion for the new and novice educator, and it is her goal to help educators tackle the achievement gap with her research findings. She will use this blog to share what she has learned in “pearls of literacy”. The ideas come from her dissertation titled “A Content Analysis of the Vocabulary Instruction Habits by Early Grade Teachers”.