It felt like early Christmas today. I looked at my blog & discovered comments from my Aunt Judy. Those of you who have met her remember her still. Guaranteed. Judy Naegle is not the type of person one forgets. I don’t imagine that she’s ever walked into a room - store, restaurant, whatever - and not been instantly noticed. She makes people laugh…to the point of crying. She makes people cry…to the point of laughing (oh yes, there’s limitless magic in that). More importantly, she makes people want to Live Big.
We shared a basement office teaching at Heritage Academy – “the basement bitches”. Paragraphs & pages wouldn’t begin to relate what she did for me during those years. And I was one of hundreds. Many times I walked in on her comforting a someone in tears. Countless times I heard students say, “Why can’t you do that (there were many that’s for many occasions) more like Mrs. Naegle?” Always, I was inspired watching her Inspire.
Well, Mrs. Naegle moved on from Heritage, and I stayed. She didn’t get to see all the faces that came back in search of her (& solace) in the basement. But come they did. They marched in with expectation, gratitude, love. They remembered books, quotes, poems that had changed them in their deepest places – all given for that purpose by a brilliant & knowing woman.
I have no innate charisma…people have never flocked to me…I often prefer invisibility. But, thinking about Aunt Judy makes me want to act Big, draw others to me, so I can give More, inspire More, teach tears to laugh.
I’d like to send her a chemistry lab for Christmas…lock her in for a couple days, hoping she comes out with a rare concoction – her own special brew of personal charisma. I’d buy a box of bottles for me&mine, then many more to share all around. The world would be a better place by far.