Yet another four years passed before Jean received another letter. He told her that life was great and that he continued to follow her example striving for success and knowledge. Like before he told her that she remained his favorite teacher and that his name had changed to Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D.
But the story doesn’t end here either. Another few years later Teddy wrote another letter announcing that he had found the love of his life and was about to get married. Teddy wanted her to take the place typically reserved for the groom’s parents and attend his wedding.
Jean was thrilled and of course decided to attend the wedding. When she showed up at the big day, she wore the plastic bracelet and the perfume that reminded that little sad boy of his mother.
This is proof that every person has a story and when we take the time to break through the barrier and get to know the story behind the man or woman we might discover the true potential that would otherwise remain buried under too much sorrow to ever see the light. This holds especially true for children.