Gratitude Stories: Maura’s 24th Birthday
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all the others.”
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
For this week’s #GratitudeStory we’re thrilled to introduce Peggy and her daughter Maura. Yet another awesome teacher gets the credit she truly deserves. Teachers are often the unsung heroes and we are here to help change that.
Why did you think it was a good idea for this person to receive a Tribute?
Peggy (Mother): She moved to Shanghai, China, to work. The first few months of being so far away from family and friends can be difficult. We wanted her to know that we all love her and miss her.
What is your favorite thing about this person?
Peggy: My favorite thing about Maura, my daughter is her energy for a lifetime and learning and accepting new challenges that come her way.
What were the circumstances when they received their Tribute? (ie. Where, When, How?)
Peggy: We sent out the link via an email newsletter, placed it on our website, did paid advertising on Facebook, bought a 1/2 full-color ad in the local newspaper, announced it during a televised Selectboard meeting, and made a display in the Library.
What was their reaction while watching their Tribute?
Peggy: I received a tearful, grateful thank you via WeChat, and that was for all her family and friends who contributed to her Birthday Tribute.
How did this make you personally feel?
Peggy: I was thrilled that the Tribute allowed my daughter to know she was remembered and always will be remembered and loved no matter where she is living.
Please ask the Tribute recipient how it made him/her feel to receive their Tribute.
Peggy: “I’m crying right now!!!! Thank you, Mama … I loved it sooooo much! How did you end up organizing all that?”
Gratitude is the simplest path to a happy life. We’ll be the first to admit that with so much going on each day, it’s so easy to forget. That’s exactly why we created our #GratitudeStories feature. Each week our staff cuts together a one-minute highlight reel from an inspiring Tribute and tells the story behind it. We hope these videos serve as a little reminder to say the nice things in your head and celebrate your friends every single day.
As always, if you know someone special who deserves to be celebrated, we’re here to help you make it happen.