If it weren't for him, I would not be involved in Montessori. I was one of those kids who learned how to read at the age of 2. My parents had just built their store and were about to have my sister. They wanted to keep me stimulated, but thought traditional preschool would be too boring. A family friend recommended he check out the local Montessori school. My father said as soon as he walked in the door, he felt like he was at home and knew it was the place for me to go.
My mother started helping with the bookkeeping at the school to help offset tuition for my sister and I to continue to attend all the way through sixth grade.
Both of my parents were very supportive of our education. I have fond memories of going to France with my father, as part of the French class experience. We went together when I was in elementary, and again when my sister was in elementary. My father and I still talk about our trip overseas.
When I decided I wanted to become a Montessori educator, again my parents were very supportive. My father even got excited and got me several "antique" Montessori books and a Maria Montessori "autograph" that was framed. I always felt closer to Maria by holding those objects in my hand.
Dad has always been a good listener when I needed to talk about school. He laughed at the funny stories, and shared in some of my frustrations. He has always been my biggest fan
Dad has always been a good listener when I needed to talk about school. He laughed at the funny stories, and shared in some of my frustrations. He has always been my biggest fan.
In 14 hours from when I writing this post, my father will be undergoing a craniotomy to remove a subdural hematoma that he sustained from a fall six weeks ago. I am terrified, yet hopeful. My Montessori background has kept me asking questions to fulfill that need to know and understand everything going on. I am grateful that I had that foundation to help me help him.
My father is one of the most important people in my life. I will always be grateful to him for giving me everything that I have. Please join me in praying for his recovery.