Today was my last day of working with Emma ("Where's the ball?"). When I took over the position at the beginning of the summer, I trained a little bit with Sally, the woman who had been working with Emma but was quitting. On her last day she cried a lot and was rather emotional about the whole thing. I was a little confused by it. I mean, Emma wasn't dying or anything, and here Sally was just teary eyed and hugging Emma all the time. They would still see each other around the school. It seemed a little odd. I now understand. That little girl really grows on you. She and I spent a lot of time together this summer and she holds a special place in my heart. She can always make me laugh and she has a beautiful smile and such a funny personality. I'm really, really going to miss her. It was all I could do to not cry this afternoon. We read a book today called The Little Lamb (I think that's the title). It was like a picture book about Emma. It talked about how God has special plan for people who are different and how he can use them in special ways. I'm so thankful he let me be part of his special plan with Emma. He really used her to touch my life.
So Emma, if you ever learn to read, this is for you: I love you sweets. Thanks for spending the summer with me. I'll pray for you always.